July 2006/Volume Seven/Issue Two
James Babbs
Culvers, Tuesday Evening

after ordering my food
I take my number to
my table and wait
for it to arrive
getting up to get
some ketchup and
my drink and
the button on the pop
machine sticks and
soda keeps gushing out
after I remove my finger
I keep pushing it
trying to get it to stop
but it just keeps running
until I punch it and
it finally shuts off
when I return to
my table I find blood
discovering my knuckle’s
bleeding where I struck
the machine and
I go to the bathroom
running cold water
over my wound before
returning to my table where
I wrap the finger in
a napkin before eating my food