Every Day,
A Century

Passenger No. 917

When the streetcar pulls into the station, the boy proclaims that all bad words start with S, like STOP, SHUT UP, and PROVE IT, all proud and stuff. Don’t you know your letters, kid? Eat this alphabet soup and learn some REALLY bad words, like SWEAR IT, PROMISE ME, and PLEASE, OH, PLEASE, because poets and princes swap secrets for promises that poke a million tiny holes in your teeth. We gulped down our soup in front of the TV last night when those idiots squandered money on vowels instead of spinning the damned wheel, so we know the truth.

Justina Chong


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