Do you have ice cream? she inquired of the waitress
at the Black Bear Diner, and if so maybe blueberry?
“Yes, we have blueberry. I’ll be back with a big scoop
and two spoons as well so that you both can share it.”
I asked her if she’d seen the video recently gone viral
of an ISIS suicide bomber whose car hit a land mine
and was shot fifty feet in the air at which time he blew
himself to high heaven. And this he terms redemption.
Indian Review | Author | Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry and interviews have appeared in Nimrod, Portland Review, Kestrel, Cream City Review, Poetry Salzburg, Boston Poetry Magazine, Gertrude, The Bacon Review, and many others. He has published a travel guide, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems. He lives in Marina, California. Read his poems on Indian Review.