Last Tuesday

By Jason Deiss

The manager needs an afternoon off
in the foodservice industry,
when the college town turnover means nobody’s there
and the customers demand attention.

In the foodservice industry’s
rancid, fryer oil air,
the customers demand attention
over half burned pots.

The rancid, fryer oil air
drips form the ceiling vents
onto the half burned pots
and wilted, splintered fingers.

The ceiling vents drip
on the smoke black grill
as wilted splintered fingers
delve the sinks.

On the smoke black grill,
it’s a misuse of time
to delve the sinks
when the register’s broken.

It’s all a misuse of time,
when the college town turnover means nobody’s there,
the register’s broken,
and the manager needs an afternoon off.

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