He’s standing in the dead middle
of the meat section at Price Chopper
screaming “HOW CAN THERE NOT BE
ANY FUCKING STEAK?”
Someone comes out bearing chicken
from behind the steel clad gates
of the backroom where they cut meat
and stage the cases.
“Hey, you got any steak back there?”
“Steak? No sir. None.”
“How is that fucking even possible?”
Both men talking and everyone watching
has a mask on, at least; everybody’s standing
two carts apart. Looks like the last scene
of a spaghetti western right before the last shootout.
The man with no steak turns his back on
the man with no name in a black mask
to start putting out the chicken. Spell’s broken —
it would never happen that way in a movie,
after all; no one would turn their backs
on anyone else, then all would pull
their stoic triggers, just business really, and
someone would fall. That’s the way
it goes. No one would get any steak, of course,
but the steak is beside the point
in those films. What matters there is
the satisfaction of killing, of existential affirmation
through virtual elimination. It’s all
just a reason for the squint, for the stone
shine of focused gaze. For art, not for life —
for now at least; but maybe tomorrow…
“How is that even fucking
possible?” “Sorry, sir.
There’s nothing. No sir, none.”
“I don’t believe you.
May 13th, 2020 at 5:34 pm
We are devolving back to everyone wear a gun and hope to use it.