Glass Poetry Press

Volume Two Issue Three

Laurie Barton

Traveling in America

Two Dutch girls joke about the waddling marshall, how slowly he patrols the aisle. Their safety in the hands of a man addicted to donuts and Cheetos, the ones sold at the airport, sold everywhere to the uninsured, to patriots who barely read. That night, on the motel TV, salesclerks and dental hygienists compete for a single rose. The Gideon Bible, tucked in a drawer, swears love for these people whose dreams are so tiny compared to the lies they believe.