Iowa Writes

JAMES SPANGLER
A Binary in Opposition


I fell in love with Sharon,
Karen's Siamese twin,
the same day
I came
down
with Bell's Palsy
at the half-off
half dollar sale
at the Marion Hy-Vee.

Sharon said
she'd been looking
for a man like me.
I held her hand
and walked her
to the deli.
She had a tenderloin.
I couldn't eat.

I fell in love with Sharon,
Karen's Siamese twin,
the same day
I came
down
with Bell's Palsy
at the half-off
half dollar sale
at the Marion Hy-Vee.

Sharon said
she'd been looking
for a man like me.
I held her hand
and walked her
to the deli.
She had a tenderloin.
I couldn't eat. 

I gave her my phone number
out in the parking lot. 
She said she would call.
As she kissed me good-bye
on my limp cheek
Karen rolled her eyes,
raised her lip,
looked away.

The day had grown dark.
And as I drove home
with only one headlight
I prayed.
Please,
God,
don't let the left side go out too.

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JAMES SPANGLER

Jason Spangler grew up in Marion, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999. He owns and operates a seasonal shaved ice hut in Cedar Rapids. "This allows me six months off to write and make films," he says.

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on March 25, 2007

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