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February 14, 2012
By troubled-times GOLD, Richmond, Virginia
troubled-times GOLD, Richmond, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Talents include talking about the X-Files and picking up dogs."


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.


The author's comments:
I live on the East Coast, and I've never been out west, but I've been reading Michael Odaatje's "The Complete Works of Billy The Kid" and have it on my mind. I was struck by the idea to compare it to the inner city; don't ask me why.

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