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Spadina Literary Review  —  edition 21 page 21

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Everyday Wall

by David Morgan O'Connor

Attention Wal-Mart shoppers
What will you tell your grandchildren?

I just loved plastic so much.
I didn’t know. It wasn’t just me.

Gas was cheap. I had to get by.
If I didn’t, others would. Bullets

were on sale. We had to protect
ourselves. It was normal to always

be unhappy and want more. They
delivered. It was Christmas. I had

never seen a seagull with a belly
full of plastic until it was too late.

When the flood came, the wall
couldn’t hold so we don’t have

to tell anybody anything especially
deeds we cannot imagine but do daily.