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A Coffee to Go


You need something for a cold, a cough,

diarrhea, a headache, insect bites,

motion sickness, a sore throat, sunburn,


a toothache.


You’d like aspirin, a comb, condoms.

That’s not quite what I want.


Take a walk on the Boardwalk.

Is it evening? The weekend?

Another time with few people are around? 


Yes. No. Stop!

The green flag indicates that swimming is allowed.


Let’s go somewhere quieter.

It’s your birthday.

You had to figure out how not to die.




Sources: Signage on the campus of SUNY New Paltz; Community Chest cards in Monopoly board game; Berlitz, French Phrase Book & Dictionary (2012); and Walker Evans as quoted in Belinda Rathbone, Walker Evans: A Biography (1995)



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