an excuse to smile by Glenn Cooper


an excuse to smile

for no reason
other than needing
today an excuse
to smile, I’m
remembering when
I worked at my
previous job &
we were opening up
the Internet Café
& a beach theme
was decided upon
for the party,
& quiet,
one-legged Danny,
who never talked much,
broke us all up
when he said he’d come
as a shark attack
victim.

                – Glenn Cooper
                   from Words Dance 7, Spring 2005