the not-quite-downtowner

here's another fat guy sitting at stair's edge, smoking one more cigarello, dusting rails with lemon pledge.

another shoeless drunk, wide-eyed at the moon, stuffing pants with dumpster rags, wearing parkas in mid-June.

a thin-waisted teen, blowing bubbles in obnox, talking on her cell phone, wobbling heels around the block.

stuffy-nosed prof, coughing on his books, avoids others' eyes on streetcars, afraid of being shook.

(ah the city is a toilet)

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