dirty city

untied, yellowing laces under

a slum tenement table

 

delinquent child sits in a broken chair, 

rocking her legs back and forth,

 

mother injects

mother scolds

 

lead paint ceiling color falls into

a breakfast cereal,

 

milk comes out of an unpaid

electric bill,

 

yellow bus metal glass rubber door

closes;

 

a three piece in a narrow alleyway lifts

up a $20 skirt

 

fills her up like lead pipe water in a 

clogged sink,

 

some seeps through 

 

some down a drain to sewers

where miscreants 

 

with knee high pants wet

elude vice squad

 

cops

 

climb up rusting metal ladder

to meet resistance 

 

from a manhole cover,

yellow cab tire

 

resting

resting,

 

shots fired, ricochet ’rounds,

rats float dead,

 

miscreants next;

 

sewer pipe leak

dripping

dripping

 

onto a dear john letter, he leaps

from a platform

 

without regret

without 

 

remorse,

 

everything about her races

through his memory

 

erased as he hits

 

metal glass rubber window

subway car

 

she watches as a missed

touch fails 

 

to forgive,

drops to her knees

drops to cry,

 

she staggers onto a busy 

nyc street 

 

taxi once parked on a manhole

cover 

 

breaks her into dismantled 

pieces

 

a child eats cereal alone,

stands delinquent

 

at a school bus stop,

 

then. walks to school in a cooling,

morning rain

 

footprints on a sidewalk hold

back her tears,

 

shadows from a disappearing sun

get washed down storm

 

drains 

 

to sewers,

 

follow behind vice squad cops

as to haunt

 

illicit ways,

 

miscreants no longer

late

 

to sit in broken chairs at a

 

slum tenement table…

 

Copyright © 05/23/2013 Ðark Ṝoasted Ƣoetry®

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