Friday, July 5, 2013

Coin Shortages by Tinashe Tafirenyika

"I do not have any coins
So for your change
Will you take condoms or cigarettes?"
Unconsciously she shrinks my choices
To either lung cancer
Or ninety-something-percent "safe" sex
And the percentage decreases considerably
If it is your first time
Or the donors gave us an expired batch

She repeats
"Condoms or cigarettes?"
I don't want lung cancer
I don't want ten percent unsafe sex  either
So I smile and say;
"It's okay
You can just keep the change"

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