Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Come On My Body, Jesus. Photos By David J. Thompson

For My Sin

Two cops sat all night in the booth
next to the door of the crowded diner
we all went to after the bars closed
that last summer before college.
We walked straight and tall, past them
somehow, and I gave my friend
a little push in the back, whispered,
Move your ass, man, I’m starving.
Look, those people are getting up.

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We slid into the booth by the window
without waiting for the table to be cleared.  
My friend said he had to pee like a racehorse,
told me  to get him a cheeseburger deluxe
and a Coke if the waitress came by. I sat there
looking around, hoping the one named Donna,
who sometimes sat on your lap when she took
your order,  was working our section, decided
to get the pancakes and a side of bacon.

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I found myself staring at the plate in front of me –
a half-eaten order of French fries spotted with ketchup.
I thought for a few seconds, glanced around to check
if anyone was watching and I took one off the plate
and, still looking around, I stuck it quickly in my mouth,
chewed it slowly and gently like trying an exotic dish
for the first time. It was soft, thick and greasy, still
warm, and very delicious. When I swallowed I waited
to hear the voice of God, probably sounding a lot
like my mother, screaming at me for eating food
touched by some dirty stranger, braced myself
to become violently ill and vomit all over the table
for my sin. But nothing happened, nothing changed,
I saw only that the swirling world of the diner continued
uninterrupted, indifferent to my behavior, so, I ate
a fistful more, then slowly licked the salt off my fingers.

Come On My Body, Jesus by David J. Thompson

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