Trickle-down Economy

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Bartender answers phone, wine glasses overhead
in black rack upside-down like crystalline bats
bellike bodies with slim stems in barlight
glistening above a menu stack
glistening over her coiffed head  

long before dawn will crack,
hours before her bed will meet her back.

Rough start, single mom,
one kid, base pay plus tips,
deck stacked, enough said
except, that
she and child and time
slip

Jim Culleny
5/12/17