…..in the city’s perfect emanation of light
__________the hungry man on the corner
_____holding a cup for change.
_____bring out his high cheekbones
_____ragged pants over thin thighs
__________eating into themselves.
Red light district
__________in fishnet stockings
_____and black leather miniskirt.
Street lights lining
_____dirt road curving
__________around a bend a paved highway
migrant worker and colleagues in an earth-brown
_____van headed southbound
__________to cabbage patches in Watsonville.
_____enveloping broken relationships
__________between high school sweethearts in their thirties
their six year-old on a porcelain horse
_____chasing a dream that will always stay
__________a few lengths away.
Wall Street lights
_____selling the junk bonds analyst
__________the idea of becoming a poet
his office light is not bright
_____enough for him to live comfortably,
but he feels fine.
_____waiting for the return
__________of a prodigal son
lost to necessities.