S**t Bums in Taco Bell

S**t Bums in Taco Bell

A Poem by Tom Cook
"

I was actually just sitting in taco bell...

"
there are s**t bums everywhere
in taco bell today. i waited
five minutes in line because a woman
in a red budweiser shirt, and stained blue jean
shorts cut off around her road map thighs
was angry over her order.
she said, I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WAIT THIS LONG
GODDAMMIT. 

and then she whispered to her s**t bum husband and
sister, but her whisper was borderline
shouting, SERIOUSLY. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE
A F*****G TACO?
her s**t bum husband sported a cardinals nation t-shirt, which
at the time, made me rather embarrassed to be 
a cardinals fan. he was wearing plaid pajama pants
that protruded with the girth of his fat and round
gut. his tattered sneakers told me that they were
begging him to exercise more, or they would go on strike.

the s**t bum woman sits down. WE'RE PRESSED FOR TIME. I GOTTA GO
TURN IN MY APPLICATION FOR FOOD STAMPS.
food stamps? but my lady you have taco bell for that.
i notice she has a tattoo on her arm of a bulldog, and her hair 
looks like a messy brown volcanic mountain, with blond roots
streaking toward the top of her ponytail.

my day is not getting better. i should have gone to 
burritoville, where the s**t bums there are more
recline and reclusive. they know that it's best for people to think
that they're s**t bums, instead of opening their mouths
and removing all doubt, as the saying goes. 
the double doors open and more s**t bums walk in. 
it's my lucky day.
and as i'm ordering, the s**t bum woman with the circus top
ponytail, is standing behind me.
she smells of cigarettes, and a strong scent that rivals the 
mucky banks of the mississippi delta, when the sun is up
after a thunderstorm passed through.

I WONDER IF THEY'RE TAKING APPLICATIONS? she says.
i debate on walking out on my food, leaving it there for
the s**t bums to feast upon it. i'm sure i would find favor
in God's eyes if i did that. 

© 2012 Tom Cook


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The most striking thing about this entire thing for me wasn't just the use of, "S**t bums," but the final stanza. The image of them "feasting" on your food has me cringing and going, "YES! I TOTALLY SEE THAT S**T!"

Posted 8 Years Ago


I loved this. Working in fast food, I understand "those customers". Beautifully written.

Posted 8 Years Ago



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Added on June 5, 2012
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Tom Cook
Tom Cook

Cape Girardeau, MO



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