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June 2006, vol 2 no 2

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Roger Jones

My Hawaiian Shirt

Drawn from the bottom of a hand-me-down bag, it's purple with red monkeys, yellow bananas, bright orange pineapples. A couple of sizes too big. What cousin, uncle, father in the family chain left it for me? I wear it to ball games, parks, shopping. Maybe I'll be buried in it some day.

four-star restaurant—
the waiter seats me
behind the bougainvillea