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Kenneth Pobo, 10/17/2010

Current Occupation: Professor of Creative Writing and English
Former Occupation: Busboy
Contact Information: Kenneth Pobo teaches at Widener University in
Pennsylvania.  Catch his radio show, Obscure Oldies, on Saturdays from 6-8pm
EST at WDNR.com.  He likes to garden, listen to sixties music, read, and
write.  He particularly enjoys the films of Ingmar Bergman.

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WHEN I WAS A BUSBOY

I thought about sex a lot,
my hands greasy,
pits wet. I worked with cute

busboys, used to play
Pong with one. It never went
any farther, honest. Some

customers thought about sex
a lot too, lovers who’d get seated
five minutes before midnight—

we’d kill time waiting for them
to finish dessert, but no,
they’d coo and kiss. Waitresses

talked about sex a lot. One
changed boyfriends faster
than I could bring water

to a banquette. She was more
interesting than college reading
assignments. So, I thought

and thought and thought
and thought about it. Got
my tips. Drove home alone.

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