this time, Kurt Vonnegut

The Vandals at Sunrise

Kurt Vonnegut and Soren Kierkegaard
scurried down a suburban street
just after twilight
checking for unlocked cars and
stealing all the sunglasses
tucked in fancy compartments
above the dash.
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On one occasion, Kurt
rubbed the tint off the windshield
of a shiny red truck
with the ridged edge of a quarter;
Soren giggled several feet away
as he watched out for 5-0.
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They had a long debate about stealing
loose change from the cup holder
of a Corvette—Soren thought it was unethical
but Kurt suggested that anyone with a Corvette
wouldn’t miss three dollars in nickels and dimes
and besides,
they could get breakfast burritos at sunrise.
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Soren was away keeping guard as
Kurt rummaged through a Cadillac
so Kurt pocketed a CD,
Miles Davis’ greatest hits—
about time to introduce Soren to jazz.
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At about 5:30 am
Kurt and Soren found a grassy hill
with all the stolen sunglasses in a pile
and watching the sun come over the horizon line
Kurt enjoyed an egg burrito
explaining the euphonics of jazz
and how if you sustain a wrong note long enough
it becomes right
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Everyone else got into their cars
and for the first time
saw the sun