KILLING TIME

well, I said, what dO YOU think of the LAFAYETTE
ESCADRILLE?
AH, he said, I dOn’t think about it.
what dO YOU think about then? I asked.
                                    GIRLS, HE SAID.
                                    GIRLS, I SAID, WHAT’S
                                    THAT?
FLOWERS, HE SAID.
KNIVES, I SAID.
FLOWERS AND KNIVES, HE SAID.

I LIKE tO think about LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE,
I said.
                                    gO ahead, he said, think about
it.
I sat there thinking about it.
I felt like a kid again, making balsa wood airplanes.

I’VE GOT TO TAKE A SHIT, HE SAID
gO ahead, I said.

and he did, sitting up there on his bedpan.
all the other men watched him from their beds.

then Mr. Moscow said, damn Benny, are you crapping
again?

and Benny said, UP YOURS!
AND I STRETCHED out there trying to IGnore the
stink  while
                                    thinking about the LAFAYETTE
                                    ESCADRILLE.