I like buying my daily beer
and cigarettes
from a gas station’s
drive-thru window

Usually, I don’t want to
anywhere for too long

All the workers know my order –
a discovery grasped
only yesterday

I was struck with revelation
at the window

They were ready for me:
a six-pack of Shiner bottles and
27 Marlboro shorts
on the counter already
(I always go at 5:30)

I realized
that I had become
my father

and he never stopped for long, either


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