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Peanut Butter Chicken by Curt Meyer
published in Volume 7, Issue 2 on July 25th, 2000

We hit the House of Lee
and as usual
my friend eyes the Korean girl
behind the counter.
I nudge him
as she takes his order.

Ol' girl is tight
he says
when we find a table
out of earshot.
Probably got a boyfriend
back in the kitchen
who'll kung-fu
my ass.

I shrug
and layer
the sweet and sour
over my crab rangoon.
Yeah, she's alright
I say.

He breaks open
his cookie while
we wait.
The paper inside reads

you will find happiness
with a new love

and the situation presents itself
without mercy
as she approaches
from across the room
with two steaming plates
of saucy
deep-fried bird and rice
the question
will there be anything else, gentleman
parked on her tongue.

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