Unanswered Prayers 3

Dropping her off
with her boyfriend
at the Wal-Mart
in Effingham, IL,
I knew it was back
to driving through
nothingness
for me,
and back to the crater
for her.

I wondered if he had
her dream box
in the car with him.

She had told me
she always thought of me
whenever “Fake Plastic Trees”
came on,
because she always felt
like she had to
be something she wasn’t
to please me
when we were together,
so the setting
was perfect.

Back to China,
with the other cheap things.

-GD Butler

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