Space Case File #3,657 - Poem by Manny Furious
I had left Angelica's iced tea
next to the jalapenos and banana peppers
after I had gotten her a small serving of their
When I returned for the tea
7 minutes later
the entire restaurant looked at me
with a confused cluster of curiosity
'Why has he returned? ' their eyes wondered
'Did something shitty
happen to his order? '
'Is he going to complain about something? '
'Dear god! Someone
blew their nose in his
Each countenance produced its own
The guy working behind the counter
or 'sandwich artist'
stared at me only momentarily
when I first walked in.
Then averted his eyes
when he thought I might have something to say to him.
When I grabbed the cup of tea
it was as if the front door had been opened
and the musty air of tension
got sucked out of the restaurant
by the car wash
all the faces
exclaimed at once,
'He's just a fucking
idiot who forgot
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