Late-Night Café in Missouri

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It’s 9 p.m. and they’re
        out of mashed potatoes
        out of corn
        almost out of beef
        (Mine’s the last order) 

In the john the air dryer’s
out of air 

Behind the cashier they are
out of Brach’s candies
in the Candyland display! 

The tossed salad is out of
everything but lettuce 

The waitress is out of pep
so the cook refills my coffee 

Got any apple pie tonight?
Sorry  he says  you’re
        out of luck

 

First published in Poetry Now (No, not in either of those. In the big tabloid that existed in California in the 1970’s).

 

Winter Seeds - photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer.

Winter Seeds – photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer.

 

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