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Disco Angel by Thomas M. McDade

Railroad’s not responsible

For what goes on in its parking lots

An ill-fitting tape deck

Lives where the radio once did

Glove box full of disco tapes

Pumpkin seeds all over the place

The Honda upped and died I guess

Sales slip on the floor for a box of fuses

A container of antifreeze on the back seat

$600 to fix ignition and door

140-K miles on the odometer

Insurance company allows $25 a day

For a rental until another car bought

Mitsubishi Mirage a buck less

I strain my eyes checking

For words on a tiny

Guardian angel medal

I found on the floor

That let the thieves down

Just two, Protect Us

Fifteen feet from a trashcan

I sink every one of those

Cassettes: it’s as if they

Have radar or wings

Newly blessed


Thomas M. McDade is a resident of Fredericksburg, VA. He is a graduate of Fairfield University. McDade is twice a U.S. Navy Veteran serving ashore at the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Virginia Beach, VA and at sea aboard the USS Mullinnix (DD-944) and USS Miller (DE / FF-1091).

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