I meet a vegetarian

they had ten cent hot dog night
at the harness races.
biggest crowd of the
year.
those lines were 90 yards
deep.
some of those people never saw a
race or made a
bet.
each was limited to
2 hot dogs a
purchase.

admission was $2
parking was $1.
they needed a car and some
gas to get
there.

the lines never shortened
all night.

I walked over and bought
a bag of
50ยข popcorn
“don’t you wish you had a
ten cent hotdog?”
I asked the
girl.

“I’m a vegetarian,”
she said.

“give me a little more
butter than
that,” I said, “this is my only
meal of the night.”

I got my bag
put a handful in my
mouth
then
whirled and faced the
toteboard.

she laughed.