Smiley Face Stickers

Before the boy’s stocking feet

Boxes and their tops are toppled and tossed

As a kneeling man rifles through the shoes

 

With no employee in sight

Tissue paper veils the decimated aisle

Like remnants of a mad Christmas

 

(In its low-price infancy, the giant begins to walk)

 

The man’s a veteran whose son may serve

As a talisman from Vietnam.

Pulling out every tongue in the section

 

The man reads their tags aloud: China, China, China

The boy is silent in the face

Of his father’s adopted rage

 

Domestically, a blue vested employee

Shuffles over to hand the boy a yellow sticker.

Aaron Wiegert

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About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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