alleys

 

alleys are more interesting to walk than streets

streets give you the cookie-cutter, suburbanite facade

from the street you see what people want you to see

the alley is full of trash, old mattresses,

starved, forgotten dogs choking themselves

on leashes tied to poles in the backyard

and always the callous cats and crows look on

you can never tell if they’re bemused or simply indifferent

it is a cruel world

the alleys are a buffet of suburbanite sewage

where all the pleasant income is excreted on the concrete

to be picked through or cleared away

by people who can’t afford pretentiousness

 

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