Jean L. Kreiling: Ovillejo Of The Short-Order Cook

Eggs, pancakes, waffles, eggs again –
by ten,
I’ve come to hate the waiter’s call.
I’m all
worn out, I’m bored; I’d like to hide,
but fried
potatoes, ham, grits on the side –
they’re duties that I cannot shirk.
Though grateful to have honest work,
by ten, I’m all but fried.