Agent Orange Julius

i expect you to suddenly
like a friendly ghost
into my arms
neon kisses
gentle embrace
hands sweetly touching
at any moment
sitting waiting for me
over an avocado omelette

how very california

i enter and stumble all over you
i am so hungry
metal utensils pushed by happy elbows
clatter to the floor
a-harmonic chimes
merry wedding bells
joyful tears caresses
thank god thank god thank god
i taste your sweet saliva
illuminating a forkful of omelette
radioactive love!
that you press upon my tongue

i sigh over a plate
of french fries
the coffee
like my heart
my room
the building in which i live
like my heart
the streets
the people

the city
like my heart

oh brother of the lion heart
i wanted to
be your androcles
remove the bitter thorn

of viet nam

by Ezekiel Krahlin

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