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Ellen McGrath Smith: Epic Men

In the eighth grade,

he must have pegged me as

the one to watch,

he cornered me

on the way out of class

to find out what I’d gotten on my test

(only math; he only cared

about math).

He needn’t have fretted

being he’s a high-speed train

on its way to the billionaire mark,

mowing down everything,

everyone, in his way, and I

keep my head above water.

When people objected

to his company price-gouging

on a simple medication

that keeps people from dying

of bee-stings, he said they

could go fuck themselves,

raising both middle fingers

like a wild west double-shooter.

It was a Catholic school.

He never asked me

what I got

on the religion tests.


Copyright 2017 Ellen McGrath Smith

Ellen McGrath Smith is the author of Nobody’s Jackknife published by West End Press. 


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