Gumball

gumball

He thought the gumball machine was romantic.
Bright colors
spiraling down
to a silver-plate special delivery
behind door number one.

The quarter jammed.
I recommended the store.

But the quarter wasn’t as important
as this,
Another
Failed
Romance.

So I suggested that I could be sweet,
smooth curved, soft, and acquiescent,
and
most significantly,
Temporary.

Nichole M. Dulin

1998

 

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