broom street

errand
 
hold tight to the rosary
but to
 
rattle like a nondenominational 
sacrifice
 
when the .45 goes off,
when smoke
 
encircles like wonton soup
in a chinese 
 
restaurant,
 
blow
blow
 
a goodbye kiss
 
pick a pocket
as blood runs
 
out of a white collar shirt.
 
monday morning it rained 
on broom street
 
bacon grease on an incandescent shale
wall
 
city eyelids feeling the burn of a
temperature 
 
on swept concrete,
 
shadows and sparks from an
acetylene torch
 
jumping into cracks in brick
and mortar
 
irish flatfoot whistles a tune
as fruit fits itself
 
into lint
into keys.
 
dancer on a cement stage
flies back 
 
against
 
his curtain call as a .45
slug
 
takes away any talent
 
ambulance a bit late, siren 
waits in a crosswalk
 
someone in old sneakers
hides
 
parked automobile overlaps
his guilt
 
like a decoy overlaps
lake water.
 
high school girl cuts out
a prom gown
a prom date
 
from a refuge can fashion
magazine
 
she dances in her tenement
bedroom
 
straight into a delicately dying
night sky
 
bullet ricochet through an
unbalanced,
 
aging window,
 
she drops on dirty sheets,
pictures clutched 
 
in a young, pretty hand
 
sound fills her unwed
mother’s head
 
like sand fills in a shoe
on a deserted beach.
 
worms in cracks on a sidewalk
taken for a hook
 
youngster to fish in an unsafe
park
 
face of a woman floats to the
surface
 
detectives clueless say for a
sneaker imprint
 
in clay.
 
firetrucks marooned on asphalt,
ladders on row house
 
brick
 
battle a blaze
 
suspect locked in a small,
lead painted room
 
fires a last round
 
orphans of hunger search
for a new residence
 
something like hatred
something like 
 
exhaustion,
 
broom street
silent street
 
thirsty roofs beg for more rain…
 
 
Copyright © 05/15/2013 Ðark Ṝoasted Ƣoetry®
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