Best Donuts

Best Donuts gives me coffee in a foam cup
and doesn’t ask for my validation
because it stands in its obsolete glory
declaring itself the supreme ruler
of chipping powder blue paint
and hangover cures

it doesn’t ask anything

doesn’t ask the woman
in purple basketball shorts
to think about paper hospital gowns
while she swallows an apple fritter
in four bites
and talks her heart problems

doesn’t ask the woman
with crinkled paper cheeks
to utter a word to her husband
as he gets powdered sugar
on his crinkled paper chin

doesn’t ask me to write anything sweeping
just invites me to call the mundane by its name
and lick glaze off my fingers
in between lines

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