No electricity, no chicken…

No Electricity

From underneath a rusted minivan
with a bumper sticker announcing
an honor roll student who’s thirty
by now, a mottled cat emerges,
walking purposefully and haltingly
the way cats do, across the potted
asphalt parking lot with faded
yellow stripes, as overhead the sun
is blinding but hiding behind
a mirroring blanket and a bald man
emerges from the restaurant,
with his tattooed arms exposed
explaining they’ve no electricity
for six hours, so, come back then
if you want chicken cause they’re
gonna have to cook all of it since
it’ll spoil and the cat is listening
to him like it understands every
word, then looks my way to see
if I understand the news too.

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