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4:30 PM This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

cigarette butts roll like tumbleweed
down cracked and baking sidewalks
while cops roar by on motorbikes named “silver”
& that homeless guy on the street corner
plays amazing grace on a beat-up harmonica.

pockets are empty; the liquor store is full.
dust settles into our lungs
& our feet settle into the street.
any pretense of “wild” is gone –
beaten into submission, this is our west.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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