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  • Gary Hunter

Elmer’s - Sept. 4, 2022

covered patio

empty tables

the gecko orders

the slow black beetle

settles in for a

quick lunch

a sign

No Shoes No Shirt No Service

posted on the wall

with no water offered

no napkin or utensils

he finishes

but leaves behind

one uneaten eyeball

as he shuffles away

a hint of sarcasm

in the tip


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