lenten journal: chapter


    saturday night at ben and jerry’s
    they were the only ones in the place
    beside the two behind the counter
    they could be identified by
    the flavors they had ordered:
    peanut and banana greek yogurt
    new york super fudge chunk
    chocolate with sprinkles
    jimmy fallon’s late night snack
    but that doesn’t tell the whole story
    there’s also the flavor of pain
    one lost her husband not long ago
    another broke up with her girlfriend
    one’s longtime friend had a stroke
    the last one’s job is tentative
    but that doesn’t tell the whole story
    which is ok by me because I was
    talking about this particular night
    full of rain and fluorescent lights
    when the ice cream was stronger
    than the pain – for a little while


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