i prowl these streets…

and i prowl these streets on my way to no- where…going past closed Vietnamese diners where old men watch young girls while eating Pho in the afternoon heat…past empty bars…dark inside…neons no-longer flash…salesmen downed shots during closing time rituals…women drank to fill empty hearts…i stammer past…past gay bars with doors open… kareoke belted out by old queens who cannot sing but long to be loved…we all long to be loved…

it is past midnight…all good children are in bed…dreaming of mom and dad…happy times with the family dog…vacations on lakeshores…birthday party pins on donkeys…pinatas struck a final blow…kids fighting for candy…

and i prowl these streets on my way to nowhere…going by closed carwashes and strip bars winding down to the last buck placed in a G-string…one last look at the breasts of Alley or Trix…or Shawntale or the old broad in the corner who still thinks she has the right stuff to make the men go mad and give-up the cash which they worked so hard to get…gone in an instant…poof….

there are homeboys on corners dealing dime bags…whores walk the streets with winks and nods and half-hearted smiles that go right through you like this heat that makes you sweat like the jalepenos at the Mexican joint down the block where a man got shot just last week over an argument involving carnitas and being first in line…

cop cars cruise by at a slow pace with ambulances carrying off the elderly who fell into the big sleep…never to be wakened…their time done…they punched the clock to check out for good…no retirement…no gold watch…no pat on the back…just an eternal rest while spouses wait by the door hoping that it was all a dream…

and i prowl these streets…down darkened avenues…lights out…no longer will they shine…tennis shoes tossed over wires…wire-mesh doors creaking in the wind that blows to no-one’s comfort…as storm clouds gather under a full Moon…

and i prowl….i prowl…i prowl…

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