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in a cardboard box 2010

Janet Kuypers
(poetry converted to prose)

    So we were talking about our sat and act scores, because were were all the same age and were taking our college entrance exams. so i asked steve what he got on the act test. it’s like a thirty-six point scale, and upper twenties is good enough for a four-year college. and steve said, i got a nine; i tied with the chimp. what a card. then we were talking about this party, and i told him that he should have a party, and he said he couldn’t. why not, i asked, and he said he was homeless, that he lives in a cardboard box. and i said, then why do your parents drive a lincoln town car? and he didn’t have an answer. and i wondered if he sat at home at nights and rehearsed these clever lines for the next day, or if they just came naturally.




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