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Warm Broken Cookies

Jess Provencio

i sleep under the citibank atm
where the machine warms the sidewalk
people step over me
on their way to overdraw their accounts
to pay to overstep their boundaries

i was pretty once when i arrived on the scene
pretty smile   pretty clothes   pretty face
after a year i am invisible
dirty   shabby    dingy
i give the pretty people sore eyes

the last time i went to get tested
the overworked volunteer nurse looked worried
she asked me to wait while she asked the doctor something
i snuck out the side door of the clinic    and never went back

the night shift man at mrs fields who speaks broken english
gives me warm broken cookies sometimes
but lately i’ve been too sick to keep anything down
and they only make me want to cry
they remind me of the hallmark idea of home

i know now that it is a home that i will never know
i won't live that long
they have cocktails that cost thousands
that are rumored to stave off the inevitable or save
all i want is a cocktail that will make me numb

they come spilling out of the clubs at 2am
pretty performers in a perfect show
laughing about who they will take home
i want someone to take me home
i've never had a home


Jennifer Mills Kerr
Writing Workshops

Contents

Cover

Publisher's Note

Rational Anthem Ivan Jenson

Just Like That Jennifer Mills Kerr

Dancing In The Shadows of Greatness Dr. Ernest Williamson III

Life slips Allison Whittenberg

The Dream Bruce McAllister

Debate in Seasons Dr. Ernest Williamson III

Ell Kyle Bradstreet

warm broken cookies Jessica Provencio

egomaniac Dr. Ernest Williamson III

Photo Circa 1969, The Art of Redaction Scott T. Starbuck

At The Special Olympics Sandra Ervin Adams