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A full-service organization

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A full-service organization
Bob Hicok
 
 
I robbed a bank. Didn't mean to. 
 I'd deposited a check when the woman asked, 
 Is there anything else? She had a great smile. 
 It reminded me of a waxing moon. 
 I didn't want her to be a moon in vain, 
 so I said, I'll take all the money in your drawer. 
 She said, Of course. Then she said a funny thing. 
 Her head was down, she was looking at a stack of bills 
 in her hand, when she said, How would you like that? 
 Meaning tens or twenties. Hundreds or quarters. 
 And as soon as she said this, she stopped, 
 dropped her hands, smiled, looked at me, 
 shook her head and said, Duh. And something 
 opened between us. A sense of life 
 as renewable and surprising, 
 full of little errors that make us notice 
 we need and can give help. There's only one way 
 to want everything, she knew that 
 and was admitting her mistake. So I pointed1 out to her 
 that I didn't have a gun. She pointed out to me 
 that money is a knife we plunge2 into each other 
 over and over for no good reason. 
 If I'd have had a cord of wood 
 or even a few logs, I'd have built a fire 
 right there and talked to her 
 well into the night, but there was no tree 
 in sight. At the end, having handed me the money, 
 once more she asked, Is there anything else? 
 Yes, I said. I'd like to deposit this. 
 Checking or savings3, she asked. 
 Given how far we'd come together, I admitted 
 I've never known how to answer that question, 
 if it's better to live for the moment 
 or look forward to a better time. 
 That's why I'm here, she said, 
 taking out a pencil and paper and dividing 
 the paper into two columns, one labeled 
The Sky Is Falling, the other, So Am I.


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