Down at the Waffle House

She read about the Waffle House
poetically, her right foot twisting
methodically considering the state
of the magic of the south.
There is something sadly beautiful
about a girl opining about a store chain
from a part of the world
her audience knows nothing about.

We have IHOPs here
not Waffle Houses
but now we have someone
who knows the difference
and will teach us
as she sees fit.

She thinks the Waffle House
is god’s gift to the world.
She is very wrong, of course,
but young and pretty
so I’ll forgive her willful ignorance
and listen contentedly
as she recalls a white trash world
and her gleeful part in it.

About Jonathan Berger

I used to write quite a bit more.
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