Kristen Warren

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Music and Lyrics by Luke Gyure.
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"Kristen Warren"

Kristen wears a summer dress and a terrifying smile. She gets a small coffee to go, but let’s me know she’ll stay awhile. I say okay and smile back as fierce as I can muster, but I cannot match her wild eyes, and all their righteous luster.

Jesus taught me not to judge, but sometimes you can just tell. The way their eyes get wide when they’ve got something to sell. Some people prove you right when you wish they’d prove you wrong; you just hold your breath, nod your head, and try to play along.

She takes my hand, and asks me if I’m ready. I say, “For what?” but my voice is unsteady. She says, “For the return of our Lord and Savior.” She hands me a pamphlet and a dollar fifty-eight. I twist my face into some strange, ungodly shape.

Her three little girls are dressed just like her, prancing around the café in their little yellow flowers. Their little yellow voices leap into the air. Two peer into the candy jar; the other one brushes her hair. And meanwhile, their mother, is wielding a handful of pamphlets, and making her way to a table where two Muslim girls are waiting for a sandwich.

“I’m sorry, ma’am, but you cannot do that here.”
She says, “Don’t worry, honey. You got nothing to fear. I know your boss says I shouldn’t do this, but we all got the Big Boss to obey.”
“Ma’am, I’m pretty sure those girls don’t give a damn what you or your Boss have to say.”

I ask her to leave, feeling terrible and proud. She says she’ll get her coffee where freedom of speech is allowed. I try to fire back, but it comes out as “Okay.” Four yellow flower patches march out into a summer day.


from Ian Limbo: The Rough Drafts, released November 15, 2011
Luke Gyure: Guitars, Vocals, Music, Lyrics, Arrangement, Production
Ryan Vaughn: Percussion
Tomek Miernowski: Guitar solo
Steve Wall (of Gardentone, Brooklyn, NY): Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Production



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