on holiday i met a pauper

from by Dangle Manatee

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On holiday I met a pauper
with a box of raisons
balanced on their knee.
The sun was cooking
our brains inside our skulls.
The cobbled streets were
warmer to the touch than breasts.

From some half sleeping shopkeeper
I purchased a bag of frozen peas
and a small saucepan.
Then, in front of the beggar,
I poured the peas into the pan and added my loose change.
In between us I placed the pan on a cobble stone.

All at once
we both lunged forwards
to rub the peas
into our searing skin.
The shades shifted,
meeting sweat,
from green to green to
green to green.

We swallowed each coin just like our guilt.


from looking glass badger; criminal ladle, released July 30, 2015



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