“The Circumstances” by Allison Whittenberg


The man whipping my double latte
Has a deep knife scar
Across his throat
Whoever got him got him good
I wonder...
Was he victim or victimizer?
There's a stereotype for each scenario
Was it one of those mismatched fights—fist to switchblade?
Did he welch on a deal?
Does he have a bad-ass girlfriend?
Could it be from a jealous ex?
Accidental, was it?
Had he done time?
Is earning six-fifty an hour
Making four dollar
Cups of coffee
Getting on the right track?