The Circumstances

by Allison Whittenburg

The man whipping my double latte
has a deep knife scar
across his throat
who ever got him/ got him good
I wonder...
was he victim or victimizer?
there's a stereotype for each scenario

Was it one of those mismatched fights-- 
fist to switchblade?
did he welch on a deal?
does he have a bad-ass girlfriend?
could it be from a jealous ex?
accidental, was it?
had he done time?

Is earning six-fifty an hour
making four dollar
cups of coffee
getting on the right track?

The Circumstances by Allison Whittenburg

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