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cashews 2010

Janet Kuypers
(poetry converted to prose)

    Once, i was working behind the candy counter and matt came up behind me while i was serving this customer, this young guy ordering a pound of cashews. he was a heavy-set guy, this customer, that is, matt was thin and quite the womanizer at the ripe old age of sixteen. well, matt walked up behind me, while i was with this customer, and he whispered in my ear, “fuck me til i bleed,” then he walked away. i was sure the guy ordering the cashews heard him.
    I stood there, candy scoop in my hand, staring for a brief moment, then I said, “oh, the people i work with,” trying to hid my blushing, and finished scooping cashews.

Chicago poet Janet Kuypers
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