Shop Talk

Shop Talk by Jacob Martin             You would not believe how people abuse             their lawn mowers.  Take this one, for instance:             a good model, built to go the distance,             its owner put it to some awful use             and now it quits, if it does not refuse             to start.  The trouble is that the romance             that begins with a love-at-first-sight glance—             a guy walks in for a couple of screws             and walks out with a brand-new, shiny dream—             the romance leaks like oil, so slowly             that the guy doesn’t notice or … Continue reading Shop Talk

Say Yes Once in a While

by Jacob Martin  Monterey, California  I totally overshopped, which made the walk home harder: the plastic bags I carried sagged and caused my arms to burn. (When would I learn to accept a ride from a friend?) I felt like one of the geese who sometimes cross the street despite being built to fly, their plump bodies teetering on black, webbed feet; you would think that drivers would work the geese into the asphalt like everything else that got in the way, but somehow they held the power to break the fast flow of cars. The closest thing I have … Continue reading Say Yes Once in a While