Minor Inconvenience Mart

lead to drink
by rain swollen doors
sticking shut
refusing to lock
deadbolt alignment shot
screws in hinges
endless twist in rotted wood
unwilling to get a grip

lead to drink
by gas station lines
cars jack-knifed in
bad angles
no way to pass
cheaper with cash
per gallon
why not fuck us over by the quart
charge an extra dime
a pint…

a pint, perchance to drink
a bitter
or a quart of rye
necessity sits squarely
right there
the center of my forehead
bang between the eyes
throat craving scorch
belly the warm wash
in the tank
the drunk tank
click, click goes the meter
need to quell
why not
lead to drink
unleaded to drink

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