30.7.10

Michigan Nightmares


Banging paper sheathed plastic straws on a particle board restaurant table,
A Big Boy in some Upper Peninsula tourist town
Grey fog and simpering classic tunes, computer rendered
Brown laminate flooring and stained glass lampshades
Salad bars and battered everything
Giant stuffed Nickelodeon figures suspended from the ceilings
A berry festival for every town
A sweater for every state
Too friendly girls in yellow shirts refill coffee cups
Garlic bread made out of hotdog buns, prison style

Novelties and sunglasses and blue-red-white ribbons
Strained and blatant patriotism
Tired and numb and nauseous
Second day on the road


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