Men and Women
by Wanda Morrow Clevenger


Dick moved from
his seat
to the empty
bar stool
on my right

I’m going to talk
to Wanda for awhile
he said

a copy of my book
he bought
an hour earlier
lay squarely in front
of him

he asked looking
at the cover
photo where
my dad had worked

I told him
what little
firsthand
I could

and this segued
into
war stories
and
rum with
twist of lime
philosophy

no matter why
or what we did
at twenty
men were studs
women sluts

and it’s a good
night when
men and women
can agree
and
I liked that
he didn’t use
the book
for a coaster.






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