Power Coat by Dan Senn

 

I was about to pay
when
from behind
she said
"I'm over here."



I turned to see
a middle aged clerk
and said
without missing a beat
"You sure are."



She laughed
cocking her head
to one side
repeating to herself
"Yes, I sure am . . . "



Then
she became quiet
and said
"I'm so short."


And getting shorter everyday.


"Soon I will shrink away."



She took my money
and gave me change.



I placed it
in my wallet
and said
"I was once seven feet and black."



Smack.



In my power coat
as I left
through the power doors
I saw her reflection.



She was stretched over the counter.



Her hands and fingers
pointing outward.



Ahhh.

Now she understood.



She had seen only the coat.



Stooding there
I knew
that as a boy
my heroes
were all seven feet
and black.


1987 Dan Senn

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