Mac & Me by Kevin Ridgeway

My brother and I stood
in the steam-battered,
chain-linked fortress of our
local junk yard, waiting to
get paid for hauling in some
bags filled with aluminum
cans that were emptied of
their Diet Pepsi. A wrinkled
little man dressed in an
oversized parka during a
summer heat wave asked
my brother for his name as
he filled out the receipt,
and before my brother
could say anything, the
geezer called him Mac:
said he looked like a
Mac, even talked like a
Mac.  He dispensed our
meager earnings and
I studied his writing on
the yellow customer’s
slip that he handed us
along with it, and under
“name” he had scribbled
“Mac,” which infuriated
my brother, and I tried
hard to stifle a laugh that
I’d been holding in ever
since we started talking
to that old cus when a
dribble of piss splashed
from my bladder and I
proceeded to lose control
all over the passenger’s
side of my brother’s
hand-me-down Toyota
shit wagon, compliments
of the Pepsi Cola Company.
Kevin Ridgeway was born in Bellflower, CA and raised in nearby Whittier, where he currently lives and writes.  Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Re)verb, San Pedro River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Bank-Heavy, Misfit Magazine and The Mas Tequila Review, among others.  His latest chapbooks of poetry are On the Burning Shore (Arroyo Seco Press) and Riding Off Into That Strange Technicolor Sunset:  Dallas-FT. Worth Poems (The Weekly Weird Monthly).

Kevin Ridgeway was born in Bellflower, CA and raised in nearby Whittier, where he currently lives and writes. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Re)verb, San Pedro River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Bank-Heavy, Misfit Magazine and The Mas Tequila Review, among others. His latest chapbooks of poetry are On the Burning Shore (Arroyo Seco Press) and Riding Off Into That Strange Technicolor Sunset: Dallas-FT. Worth Poems (The Weekly Weird Monthly).

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