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By Ben Nardolilli

Make up a prize for me,

call it whatever you want,

Art by Brenden Barraza: “Just Passing Through”

use your name

or a city you fancy,

maybe name it honor

of someone who died

several years ago or maybe today.

Just do not name it after me,

not until I get the medal

you’ll make from a bottle cap

or the plastic cup

masquerading as a trophy

with my initials carved on it.

In return,

I will write your details

on this speckled napkin

where our beer and coffee dance.