Ellis Island Treatment

Today
I was left-handed
sitting on milk crates
learning Mandarin from the Chinese
they're cool
but they get the shit hours
so today
I was left-handed

Today
the hours wiggled by
boost up the wage per item
and you won't flat-line
my right arm
it was numb
it would reach it would reach
and then it would reject that notion

Today
I'm a contradiction
of weakness and strength
my poles
my poles are shifting
that last hour
it's bloated with stupidity
we sit on those milk crates
and yearn and yearn and yearn
and yearn and yearn
and yearn