Ode To the Bus Terminal

 

they come to pay respects like devotees
and offer libations for seat numbers at your kiosk windows
and you grant them not just a gate
but even a time of departure in the form of heavy black print
over thick cardstock paper

they come oozing calm, desperation, joy, anticipation,
and sweat over your lined plastic chairs
and you offer them the sturdiness of your upward scooped palm of asientos

they come speaking in many tongues
and you receive them
to you the tower of babel has fallen and the pyramid
of Cholula …

Prest Street

 

It’s all uncles and cousins, proud black men
of urban banter in a small backyard,
car parts in a strange box that stains. I watched
those rough hands rummage
through …

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Given To

“Exide Battery-Recycling Plant Contaminates 10,000 Homes in Poorest Los Angeles
Neighborhoods, Nets No Jail Time”
                L.A. Times

 
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