Benjamin Michael Clark

(06/22/90 / Mattydale, NY)

Blind Date


A man
& A woman
Go on a
Blind date-

They decide
To meet at
Joe's Crab Shack
For some shrimp-

Not even
Five minutes
After they meet
& Take in the
Awkward silence,
The woman says,
'I need to go to the bathroom.'

She stands up
& Heads to
The bathroom
By the front door-

The waitress
Asks the man
If his date would
Like another drink-

He says,
'I don't think she's coming back.'

The waitress then
Walks away-

The man retreats to
His crab-stuffed shrimp
In an attempt to rid himself
of embarrassment
of hopelessness
of loneliness
of suffocation
of depression-

But, suddenly, the shrimp
Are filled with crabby tears
& the waitress sees the man
Crying, so she begins to cry-

The whole restaurant
Soon learns
of his misfortune-

But he can't move-
He doesn't know
What to do-
He can't go home-
It's not the same home-
It's a little more tainted now-

He thinks of his wardrobe-
All the Ugly shirts-
Ugly wrist watches-
Ugly jeans-
Ugly Brown pajamas-
Ugly Black Corduroys-
Ugly Leather cowboy hats-

There are white walls
With pictures of people
Nobody likes anymore-
& Hess trucks-
& Gargoyles that move at night
& Pretzel crumbs under the
Couch cushions-

In a cabinet, there are
Strange family pictures
From trips taken-
Bored faces
Eclipsing
Great mountain ranges-

On the dresser stands
A wooden elephant with
Its trunk up-
Bringing in nothing
But bad luck-

Submitted: Sunday, December 29, 2013
Edited: Monday, December 30, 2013

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