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black smoke rushing from cracked windows

Posted to Action Poetry

on the corner a house is on fire
black smoke rushing from cracked windows
child screaming in the street
lemon yellow fire engine
blowing water over thÂ’ steaming roof
sirens wailing like a whiskey drunk
neighbors sit on broken door stoops
drink beer & watch chaos unfold
ahmed behind the counter
in the store across the street
watches in the window, hand on hips
cigarette held in thick hands
cop on the corner screaming obscenities
bike rider sliding by in black metal blur
feathery ash raining cinder sprinkles
puddles of water run through sad streets

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