Don’t Five and Dime Me by Robin Dunn

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Illustration by Garima Mahajan

don’t five and dime me
on the long hurrah
after the short goodbye
don’t tell me the truth
just look away
it’s all right

don’t pride me
on the scale and the scent
on the tail and the bent philosophy
you poured over my head
it’s gone

not mine
it’s gone

don’t jive and crime me
on your sick salvation
just give me the stick
and let me drive.

About the Author


Robin Wyatt Dunn writes and teaches in Los Angeles.

About the Illustrator


Garima Mahajan is our proof-reader who lives in a yellow spaceship that’s drifting in a wormhole. When she’s not reading, you can find her taking pictures of windows, or planning world domination.

Don’t Five and Dime me is part of the collection The Machinery. To submit for the next edition of The Machinery, you can go here.

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