The man asked me if I was a slave, I didn't have an answer. He raised his voice and said," I am the lightning and the thunder! I am a grizzly bear and a crocodile," grabbing my shoulder as if he were biting it.

I stood before a Redbox, at the Walgreens off Sawn and Broadway, and listened to the messenger, setting all of us sinners to a baptism of wake the heck up and don't be a slave to whatever this world is selling.... He asked if I would join him in sharing a bottle of tequila and when the hawks come round to commence in dialog with them, but I couldn't, the slave had to go to work.

Joseph Robinett


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