Dinner at the Sizzler

if purgatory

is a soup kitchen line

in a catholic church

hell

is serving up grub

on the corner of 8th & vine

southern baptists

pulling up

in their tax exempt jesus wagon

to serve homeless people

hot chili in july

heaven, happens

in Cincinnati

when pigs fly

sweet tea

southern women
always seem
exhausted to me

i’m no exception

legs aching
in need
of a cold drink

perhaps
it’s partially

the toil over laundry

an oven’s heat
adding to
insufferably thick
summer
locust cry
air

hammock reading

gardens demanding attention

heaviness in their breasts
too soon to explain

why the chickens have gone quiet

and keeping secrets
from their husbands

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