A Hollow Victory

by Henry Hardee

There is so much evil out here in the world
and you don't know when
it's gonna come up on you.

I wasn't thinkin' nothin' bad was gonna happen
when me and my daughter left the house.
I didn't want to miss " The Sale"
they was havin' at the A-rab grocery sto'e
on ground beef (.99 a lb.)
and extra-large eggs (.59 a doz.)
plus, they was havin' a "FREE DRAWING"
where they were giving away fifty $100.00 bills,
forty-five TVs
and a (used) $42,000 Cadillac Sedan Deville.

I couldn't miss out on that
I had just as much a chance of winning
as anybody else!

I shoulda stayed at home.
the parking lot on the side
of the store was packed.
There were so many people that
I couldn't hear them when they called my name
sayin' that I had won one of those $100.00 bills.

I didn't know what was going on
until my home-girl started chastising me,

"Stupid, they called your name.
 What you waitin' for?
 You bettah go up there and get that money
 honey before they give it to somebody else!
 Shoot, if you don't want it I'll take it !"

When I went up there
I had a big smile on my face.
I couldn't believe
that this was happening to me.
I couldn't believe that this was for real.

Just as I was puttin the money in my bosom
and was on my way back to where we had been standing
I saw the car jump the sidewalk
and hit my daughter.

I used the $100.00 bill
to pay the preacher
and buy gladiolas
and carnations for her funeral.

A Hollow Victory by Henry Hardee

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