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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANE

Today is Jane's birthday
She is 18.
Jane wanted to buy beer
to celebrate.
She always gets
proofed.
I never get
proofed
because if it's
an old guy behind
the cash register
I ask him
how many kids
does he have
and if it's a
young guy
I smile and talk
of his wavy brown
hair.
Jane doesn't do that
and that's why she can't
buy beer.
Today, though, she can
but the guy at
the cash register
is really stoned
out
and doesn't ask for
her proof - just her
money.
Jane asks him if
he wants to see her
proof.
He thinks she is
under age and maker her
put the beer back.
She comes out crying.

I have to go in
and buy
the beer.

  -Sue Sipos





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