Double Shift

The diner glows fluorescent at 2 a.m.

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The diner glows fluorescent at 2 a.m.,
beckons boozers and truckers, runaways,
women between men.

Mary receives them
as her namesake received Gabriel,
pours coffee unbidden, tends
to coconut cream and lemon meringue,
eggs over easy, a malt for the guy
with stringy hair, jittery for a fix.

She saves her tips in a pickle jar
under the grill — enough, she hopes,
to post 50 bucks for her old man’s bail
come morning.

Sarah Russell
First published in Kentucky Review
Photo:  Diners, Delis & Dives

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4 thoughts on “Double Shift

  1. Wow! Another great one. Would be curious to know the thinking behind the lines…

    “Mary receives them as her namesake received Gabriel,”

    Obviously biblical but was their some specific thought you had when you wrote those lines?

    Still enjoying your poetry/writings!

    Bob

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