A Walk Through the City

A walk through the city
Sunlight edge
And the cymbal crash

Follow the burning signs
The trail of bullets
The embers dying

Discarded shoe
Like an open mouth
A burn on the pavement

A house
Containing three children
Flashes once
And is gone

A single robbery

Somewhere a man
Is carving himself
To death
For food

Day like an open wound

In the instant of the newsflash
In the terror of the merchant
In the gleam of the coin
The child’s eye

It occurs at gunpoint
The barrel
Laid across the heart

Murder, the judgement
Assault
With a lethal instrument

The whole city staked out
With eyes
Like a giant crystal

Catching the angles of light

The city borders the skin

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