the quiet quitter

yesterday morning the exterminator
(a pudgy teenager
dressed in black
with oily hair
and a hint of mustache
over his curled top lip)
arrived late
dragging his spray can
like a bad attitude


an extremely unenthusiastic sprayer
each squirt released
very little liquid


he reminded me of a crow –
although nothing like the majestic crow
my friend donna’s been feeding
in her backyard all summer


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Joan Cappello

Joan Cappello has been a backup singer, bank teller, yoga instructor, secretary, assistant film editor, dancer and massage therapist. Her ...more