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Wild One Lucille Lang Day

Wild One

Lucille Lang Day

Published January 1st 2006
ISBN : 9780967022437
Paperback
102 pages
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Reject Jell-OThe man I married twice—at fourteen in Reno, again in Oaklandthe month before I turned eighteen—had a night maintenance job at General Foods.He mopped the tiled floors and scrubbedthe wheels and teeth of the Jell-O machines.I see himMoreReject Jell-OThe man I married twice—at fourteen in Reno, again in Oaklandthe month before I turned eighteen—had a night maintenance job at General Foods.He mopped the tiled floors and scrubbedthe wheels and teeth of the Jell-O machines.I see him bending in green light,a rag in one hand,a pail of foamy solution at his feet.He would come home at seven a.m.with a box of damaged Jell-O packages,including the day’s first run,routinely rejected, and go to sleep.I made salad with that reject Jell-O—lemon, lime, strawberry, orange, peach—in a kitchen where I could almost touchopposing walls at the same timeand kept a pie pan under the leaking sink.We ate hamburgers and Jell-Oalmost every nightand when the baby went to sleep,we loved, snug in the darkness piercedby passing headlights and a streetlamp’s gleam,listening to the Drifters and the Platters.Their songs wrapped around melike coats of fur, I hummed in the long shadowswhile the man I married twicedressed and left for work.— Lucille Lang DayFrom Wild One, first published in The Hudson Review