transient

i was like hey girl, that rainbow yesterday, did you see it?
and she said, no, damn, i love those things
i always wonder what they look like
from a different perspective you know?
like maybe they are actually grotesque.

then she remembered something.
annie did you see the body bag
at the park on your way in?
one of the homeless men
er, transient population,
they want us to call them that
one of the regulars
passed away last night
from natural causes.

i hadn’t.
i’d been noticing the fresh dirt
and the bright succulents we’d planted
to keep the transient population away
to keep our kids safe.

rest in peace.

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