curled up old man
in my hand
outstretched for you to receive
exchange for change and let it go
fractions of decimals of ratios
2 for one, buy one get one free
get one for me, get one buy one
get two for me.
I have seventy two of the same shirts at home
better make it seventy three
go to the old store, the best store the new store.
big box, with the coupon ads and gimmicks galore
the bright new waxed floor
the one giving jobs to the poor.
store manager, out front smiles all right
like its a fire light
a fire sale, all must go.
no over time, just shift time
over and over and over for the dime
6 hours of the same damn rhyme
all for the crumpled man now in my hand
an exchange of goods
a buy one get one free small deposit fee
taxes not included, shipping and handling
a limited edition plastic piece, only one hundred made
only one hundred sold, to the soul.
of the old crumpled up man in my hand.