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Al Ortolani: The Taco Boat

Last night, I bought a 12-pack of tacos

at Taco Bell, not because I was

especially hungry, but because I could.

My ship had come in, you see,

and for once, I was rolling in it.

I ate six of them in front of the television

while bingeing on episodes

of some Netflix series, not because

it was particularly engaging, but simply

because I could. My ship, if you recall,

had come in. I packed up the other six tacos

and brought them to work for lunch

where my fellow employees marveled,

or laughed, I couldn’t tell which, at

my ability to eat six soggy tortillas,

microwaved in their wrappers, and spread

like dollar bills on the table. I gave

one to a friend, and she was happy,

happy for the taco, happy for me,

happy for everyone who waited

for a boat, any boat, to come in.


Copyright 2021 Al Ortolani. First published in Rattle.

Al Ortoloni

3 comments on “Al Ortolani: The Taco Boat

  1. kim4true
    November 9, 2021

    Sickeningly, sadly American. The scene is entirely familiar.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Barbara Huntington
    November 9, 2021

    Fun one to wake up to!

    Liked by 1 person

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