STAINED IN HUES
Two 19-year-old girls embody first-world
drinking culture at 4 a.m.
varnished nails scrape
stone walls for sense of bearings.
Rock raking stopped as she gurgles
churned parma chunks
the other crackles hyena
chasing her skirt in circles.
As the sky grumbles
their cue to return home
A homeless drags by
At a quarter speed of rain beats.
His eyes do not reflect
puddle differently to gravel
his bladder calls for release
beside the beige muck.
Holed canvas shoes absorb
splashes of fresh urine
creased pavement magnetises
liquid forms alike.
Stains of mustard
Another shade added
to the biodegradable mix.
Drizzle continues to sing
for the hours that pass
high walls shelter
digestive juices and privy trickle.
Sun clocks the start of
its Monday shift between the clouds
sidewalk moisture shrivels along
to the increase of latrine odor.
Peak morning cycles through
Accuweather says a bright, clear nineteen
faux fur jackets fade from the streets
double denim and Docs reflect midday laze.
Peak evening cycles through
pavement topped up with fresh steps
from an array of Nine Wests and Valentinos
Jo Malones and Tony Biancos.
Urine starts to crust a windy racetrack by the stone fence
it wasn’t there the day before
nor the bottles and cigarette butts
yet solids of sorts always stir into bins by noon.
Again the cycles repeat and the crust stays
Day ties wish to be black bows
Pay checks crunch hours for another zero
while the streets decay contaminated.
You strut by. It’s not your responsibility.
Concrete streets don’t thirst serene.
The Biancos won’t thank you
even if you scrape the vomit flakes clean.
Is it ignorance or arrogance?
Or a slushy serve of both?
Littering fines and recycling signs develop habits
yet mindsets are left untampered
by environmental gambits.
Biological waste disgusts more than attitude
one of the many cracks in society we let pass
letting nature wipe its own ass
before another weekend reunites
digestive juices in urinetown.
Crying on birthdays is soothing. Laetitia broke an eight-year streak on her 21st. She hopes her 13-year-old self isn't disappointed.