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at the laundromat on army post road

an african american man
with a leather chicago bears derby
and three gaudy rings on his left hand
he's telling me louisiana's where its at
how he's getting together financing
for a used bulldozer and a front end loader
big money to be made on clean up
government contracts up the ying yang
he's going down there to make his fortune
and if i want in
all i have to say is jump
your loss he says
as he finishes his laundry and
drives off in a beaten chevy cavalier
leaving me wondering
if the fresher hell
is being saddled with the desire for money
or flattened as i am
by the numbness
of wanting nothing.


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