metal flower morning

she was a barista. my friend

gettin people high on stiff colombian shots!

she remarked

a cafe bar in a hotel

little round marble

tables. guys (and girls) feigned to read

watching her change money

serve drinks

looking around

thinking everyday thoughts i

waited for her to get off shift

listened to the steam

scream through silver


metal flowers

how could anyone ever

kill themselves? i overheard

a woman say to her husband

behind a newspaper

what with the wonder

of the world i don’t know

they can and

they do lady they can

and they do

shuffling cards laughing

looking and being looked upon

exchanging cash and feelings

young Americans

we had it good

we did

metal flowers

screamed across the tissue

smoking would kill us all

if we wanted to

so bad



remix 1998

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