Concrete, Cracking

Suburban Slums

Suburban slums cast

small shadows on

narrow sidewalks paved

with concrete, cracking

by the telephone poles,

their roots too strong.

Smell — no, taste the

pleasant fumes exhausting

from the ice cream

truck as our

little ones search

for manufactured metals

to reward the

cold truck dweller.

Brains freeze as

heat radiates from

the truck, the sun.

another cold slurp

of Red 24 and

the bliss of my 

suburban slum

is rewarmed.

The End

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