2 Jun


your cousin got shot
///on Chicago Ave.

maybe he was number

or one uncounted, but

///either way, it’s raining

on us

///and I can’t understand



we weren’t sure what happened
we were told He wouldn’t fail

they all said it, even the singer
in a Spirit-filled crescendo
that brought the house to its feet
and knees

but if He didn’t, who did?

somebody got shot
6 houses down
some said a cop, only reason for
///so many cars — it didn’t matter who

somebody failed


go to bed, flickering blue on the wall
like nervous lightning

reminds me of going to bed with the TV on

then I fell asleep, safe and sound
tonight I do too

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