Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Downtown

I sit in the shade at
a dark counter behind the glass,
eating my biscotti, sipping the dark, French roast,
drinking in the morning's entertainment.

Passersby are downtowners
some smoking on break or touring or both;
perhaps waiting for the play to begin
or to begin to play, to sit cross-legged
with the homeless sign and jar or not,
all on a phone or and/or purple hair, tight braids,
cornrows, shaved mohawk or just brushed straight up,
low-hanging jeans falling off or threatening,
maybe an office tie and skinny suit
just crawling about with the crew at noon.

Baseball hats cocked on sideways, always
more interesting than backwards, cover inquisitive minds,
bent on friends or girls or just bent to laugh and look -- like me.

Here come the tie-less, open collared suit -- pant or skirted --
point-shiny black shod or too-spiked-heels,
conference-necklaced laughs and wondering
I suppose, like me, where desire will lead tonight.

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