“Today only,” she announced,
“a twenty per cent discount
She had long hair dyed green
neon like a sign
and she stood announcing
on a street corner like any prostitute
with a sign hung round her neck.
“Today!” she announced.
“Enhance your mood!
Take off the edge!
Breathe easier,” she cried, “today.”
And then she smiled
straight white teeth
and hard lines of lipstick
cutting an image of the better world
Slipping the sign off she held it high
so that the truck driver, idling at red
would see that he could get high
for a discounted price. He flashed
a crooked grin; she was flawless.
“We can make you happy,”
and she winked.
“Joy in your veins, joy in your belly,
we can keep you happy.
It’s available now, today only
for a twenty per cent discount.”
The truck driver turned
to a vacant lot on his left. He parked
and cut the engine.
He had seen the sign. He was tired;
he wanted to take the edge off.
She crossed the street
she took his money
and, folding the sign,
led him to a room where he could sit
above the skyline. There she shot him.
Three suits came for the body
and that was the truck driver
for a twenty per cent discount.