A CAUSTIC GENTLEMAN
by Lee Stern
Gemini Magazine
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Lee Stern lives in Los Angeles. He
is widely published on the Internet.
There’s a caustic gentleman outside

and he says he is waiting for the Emporium to open.

Should I tell him that the Emporium has been closed for several centuries?

Or should I explain that in times like these

nothing is quite as satisfying

as delivering the lemon ice before it begins to melt?

Either way, I should mention, I’d be happy to follow your specifications.

I’d be just as happy, of course, in a lilting kind of a way   

to frolic on the front lawn as soon as you give me the signal.

But—if he says the Emporium was his idea, how should I respond?

Should I move the game piece ahead two spaces?

Or over once to the left?

Or should I take the board that I have been standing on

now for the last hour (without even complaining)

to a place of sorts that will always be conquered by light?
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