Sao Paulo Crack
by Frank Thomas Smith
The cracked-up kid,
a dark reflection of man,
stands beneath the traffic light,
which pulses to amber, then red.
The first wave of cars darts past,
then the smoking buses that never stop
We of the second wave brake and halt,
eyes straight ahead,
The snot-nosed kid
limps from car to closed car,
asking for "something"
with pleading hand and eyes.
I look behind him cautiously
for sometime collaborators
before opening the window a crack,
careful to avoid his grimy hand,
scarred, alive with germs,
and hand him some coins, like sand.
The traffic light turns green and the pack
guns forward – I lean smirking back,
The only one to open the window a crack.
The one and only one
to open the window a crack.
We gun forward and I lean smirking back,
The only one to open his window a crack.
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