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Poetry: Mr. Irrig

Out of the Sandbox

By Luke Granato


A bottle of whiskey in one hand

A dart in the other,

The man closes an eye before he aims.


On edge like soldiers before the first shot fired,

Silence rises the moment of the toss.

Everyone forgetting their lives for an instant.


Jared works two jobs while going to school,

His parents on another coast,

Comes in to drink his stress away.


Emily alone with three children,

Sacrificing her life for what’s most important,

Comes in to drink her stress away.


Jose who lost his mother last week,

Struggling to show face to his family and not give in to despair,

Comes in to drink his stress away.


Mr. Irrig sees this in his barmates’ faces,

the pain we all share but don’t disclose,

Hits the bullseye and relishes in the cathartic cheer.


Header photo from yelp.

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