Casualty by Mather Schneider

He lies there
like a fetid

behind the McDonald’s dumpster
at 5 a.m.
with shit

in his army pants
while drunk
college brats

fresh from the all night frat party
sit in a BMW
and send obscenities

into the drive-through microphone
pissed off
because only breakfast foods are available.

The 52 year old
Mexican clean-up guy for McDonald’s
finds the corpse

while taking the garbage out
and looks at it
for a few minutes

with a sad

He goes inside
informs the manager
in a flat tone

then goes back outside
to raise
the American flag

up the pole
and to hose the phlegm
spilt soda

and ketchup splatter
from the sidewalk
into the marigolds.


Mather Schneider is 46 years old. He has had hundreds of poems and stories published since 1993 in places like Rattle, Nerve Cowboy, Slipstream, Nimrod, River Styx and Smokelong. He has 3 full length books, DROUGHT RESISTANT STRAIN, HE TOOK A CAB and THE SMALL HEARTS OF ANTS, with another, PRICKLY, coming early in 2017. He divides his time between Tucson, Arizona and northern Mexico, where his wife is from. He earns his living by driving a cab.



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