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Street Guy

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In the street he phoned to say
hello
to the beggars and the brides
all over
town
Whose posture he mimicked
with his shoulders hunched at
traffic
and knees bent to
absorb the impact
of nine chevy
ten ford
and assorted others
caddilac
unheard of here

A show called “Dialtone”
watched
in his ear
by the hand he put
there
with
a phone in it
that he could not pay for

Desires in him
lacking focus
sending him to the tunnel
without a shower
without a shave
shirtless
serviced by humans
unhappily
borderline rude
like a weapon
dangerous
but
dormant, with his hand outstretched
grasping at the free soup.

human with burned chest hair.

All of the things he had hoped to do
bouncing around between his skull
and the box that he slept on

while traffic rumbled over the bridge
lovers extinguished candles and fell between sheets with high thread counts,
mothers awoke and wondered the whereabouts of their long grown children

fathers walked into cold morning lawns
so their dogs could piss on trees

the baker flipped the sign to say “Open”

and down on the river,
a fish jumped
and took whatever with it
to drown somewhere

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