Chip Wagon

The woman who ran the chip wagon
across from the high school
had a mustache
and a lazy eye
and the neighbourhood kids
would make fun of her
as they put in their

For her part
she would always remain professional
take their money
and make change
with a smile.
And the lunch hour kids
went on like that
for years.                       

Not knowing.

her husband cooked the fires
and she handled front of house,
but I know for a fact
that she filled the ketchup
and made the gravy
each night.

Squatting naked
over each vat
on her kitchen
adding the secret