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Love is Popcorn

By Allen Finn

from
the old cinema downtown—
buttery,
a pinch of salt—
you get fat and happy.
It is your soul mate.

Crackerjacks,
glazed in
viscous caramel,
satisfy for a time.
The paper toy tears at the touch of
your sticky fingers,
caramel coated kernels
draw blood from your gums;
the drop of dirty pennies
on your tongue reminds you of
that girl in middle school,
the one with braces.

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