Strange Relationship, poem by Sarah Lilius (ME, AT 17 Poetry and Prose Series)

Silver Birch Press

liliusStrange Relationship
by Sarah Lilius

It starts with one white stick,
fragile paper wraps tobacco.
I’m 17 in the Burger King office.

I try to inhale slow, then faster.
Dizzy, I look around at the silver
counters, fryers, through

the tiny window where my boss
feels charitable. I cough and
realize I want more oblivion.

I give rides to a short man
with curls who resembles
Prince. This is all true.

We always stop
at the liquor store to buy
the hard stuff.

He gets me a pack for payment.
I take him to a trailer park
where I imagine his small

Prince-looking children
greet him but he doesn’t
play. He cracks open his booze,

turns on the television
to watch a VH1 special
about Prince and his rise to fame.

We constantly smell like grease,
sticky odor, we are gentle makers
of burgers and fries.

The fast food industry

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