Two Boys Went Into a Dream Diner

 Photo by Duane Michals


Two boys went into a dream diner
and ate so much the bill was five dollars,
but they had no idea
what they were getting themselves into,
so they shoveled
garbage into a truck in the alley
to make up for the food.
After about five minutes, wondering
how long they would have
to work off what it cost, they asked
the diner owner when
their penance or pay would be over.
He laughed.
Little did they realize–they were
so virginal–
that a grown worker works half a day
for money like that.

Allen Ginsberg

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