Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Bad Luck

by Sara Backer

Like a finch at a feeder
fending off other birds,

the yellow muumuu woman
scrapes her lottery ticket

in front of its vending machine,
preventing interlopers

from scoring the jackpot
she thinks she will earn

by using up the bad luck
one ticket at a time.

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"Bad Luck" is from Sara Backer's collection Such Luck (Flowstone Press, 2019).