an angel and an asshole

each day
at the track
they make the same announcement
about
the Starting Gate Team
the Clydesdales who weigh 14
tons
and pull the starting gate into
position

and daily
with the speaker system going
full blast
we are reminded of
this.

today
after the announcement
I had to go to the
urinal
and then
some old guy
came running in there
and
he yelled out:
“WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE
CLYDESDALES?    I COME HERE TO BET
THE HORSES!   I DON’T GIVE A FUCK
IF THE CLYDESDALES WEIGH 40 TONS!
WHAT IS THIS SHIT!”

the old guy
finished his business and walked
out.
I was washing my hands at the sink
when a man next to me
looked over and
said, “I hope I never get like
that and if I do I hope they
lock me up.”

I looked at him and said, “you’ll
never get that way.”

then I got out of
there.