shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Ted Jean

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grilling under the evening star

whereas Mark and Lai Mui
had by diligence become wealthy
beyond hope, and barbecued lamb
ribs by the lake, Isaac indicates
the electric yellow satellite
blinking above the black spruces
and pronounces it Venus

"that is the third brightest object,
after the sun and the moon,
in the earthly sky"

with courtesy, the Korean couple
correct that it is the "gold star"

as Mark and Lai Mui gaze
upward, twenty again and penniless