RUSTY SKELETON

Voices circled down from

a red-brown rusty skeleton framed

fire escape. The landings between floors

offering an escape from inside heat

and crying children.

 

Men with sleeveless t-shirts drink

and smoke cigarettes. Young women

whisper and then giggle, drawing the

leering attention of men in the alley.

 

A cat sleeps leisurely like driftwood.

Pigeons look down from

the rooftop eyeing their predator.

 

Latin music, rich with aroma of

dance, escapes from a window

into the dusk of a hot and dry evening.

 

 

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