Paul sat at a cafe table.
A sign stood on his table with the words
Arguments five dollars.
He played to his strength
since he was not good at reading
tarot or palms.
Business was not brisk.
In fact a cafe patron took pity on him
and brought him a burger with fries.
Paul looked her square in the eye
and said he asked for ham and Swiss
on pumpernickel with chips and a dill pickle.
The woman walked away in huff.
She failed to read the fine print on the sign
that said he accepted barter.
Paul would have added Coke no Pepsi
in quasi-honor to John Belushi
but the woman had brought him a ginger ale.
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