A Wonder

a man came up to me
and said boy
would you like to see a wonder?

i’ve know a room that will turn you
old
i mean, older than
the dirt
and even your grandfather’s
dirt
so i spent the rest of the day
in the room with the man
we stared at the walls
and each other
somebody smoked a cigarette

and when i walked outside
i looked the same as before

but everyone else had gotten so
young
all of them all of them all of them
babies
so i kicked up my feet
in my favorite chair
in the middle of the street
and fell right
to sleep

and all the babies tugged at my ears
crawled all around
some of them cried
somebody smoked a cigarette

i heard that man
sells peaches now
in a roadside stand
but sometimes he’ll say
boy
would you like to see a wonder?

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