lemon juice
is a bird these days
flying daily
from shelves in this
out of stock
out of luck
time of want—
not need
mind you
just want

so with four
on the shelf
it was—

here today
no time like
it’s time to take
the winner takes

but I took only three
enough to allow
the hope
that I’m not
the only
loser left
in this time—
this time
of want

~ Alan Girling

Alan Girling lives in Richmond, BC. His prose has appeared in such venues as FreeFall, Lichen, Hobart, The MacGuffin, and on CBC radio; his poetry in Open Wide, blue skies, Snow Monkey, ink, sweat and tears and River Walk Journal. He was a finalist for the 2003 Larry Turner Award and the winner of Vancouver Co-op Radio’s 2006 Community Dreams Poetry Contest. His play, ‘Whatever Happened to Tom Dudkowski’ was produced in 2007 for Vancouver’s Walking Fish Festival.

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