SHUT UP & FISH
I am in a Shoppers Drug Mart
getting my picture done so I can
renew my passport.
They keep the passport photo place
in the back of the store with the
Some redneck comes in while I’m waiting
grabs a video game and looks at it.
It is not enough to kill animals,
this one has to practice at home
in his spare time.
And he seems enthralled by the game.
Sucking at his KFC pop in a sweaty ball cap
that reads: SHUT UP & FISH.
There is the likeness of a small fish
in case you don’t know what that is.
When I pay and leave with my pictures,
I head over to the government place
by the hospital.
They have set up a voting station there
for the election.
Are you here to vote sir?,
this toothy old greeter with a stoop
set up by the door
I shake my head no.
And the ladies in the government place
make things difficult when they don’t
need to be.
But we get through it
and I am back out
Squishing over an infestation
of caterpillars so that it feels like
I’m walking over a Jello-o mold
during the summer high