a handful of statistics participating in the inevitable

jerry looked up
from his scotchglass
and announced

“seventeen bucks
an hour!
i tell ya
ya lose a
job like that
and there ain’t no
comin’ back
that’s fer sure!”

margaret coughed up
a lungful
of cigarette phlegm

finished her shot
of whiskey

and told him
“go cry in
someone else’s beer
ya dumb fuck!
ya think there
ain’t no one else
‘round here
who ain’t lost
a job lately?”

johnnie the barkeep
took a hit
off a longneck
and said
“hell
i had this job now
goin’ on four years
straight.
fuck the damn recession
anyway!”

he lined up a
row of shot glasses

filled them with
house bourbon
and passed them out
to all of us
sitting there.

jerry lifted his
and yelled
“FUCK THE RECESSION
ANYWAY”

margaret coughed again
before drinking hers down

and i sat there
thumbing through
the want ads
looking for a
bartending job
because that’s where
the real security
seemed to be.

- terry everton

a handful of statistics participating in the inevitable

Terry Everton

Pasadena, United States

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