Song of the Busboy by Ryan Buynak

 

 

in the eyes of senator strangers,
they are help, just.
they are not blue-collar,
but they are not parking lot attendants.

no one wants to hear their stories any more,
omelettes and cigarettes,
maintenance and tv sets,
who has time for romance?

in these United States
along this Gulf of Mexico,
going to Community College,
illegal as can be.

this is the song of the busboy
playing five nights a week
sometimes six, depending
if someone needs a shift covered.

 

Ryan Buynak is a very good-looking young man who happens to be the future of American poetics.

 

 

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