Word on the Street ( A Pantoum)
Word on the Street
I consider Ricky to be the orchestrator
of cheap alliances, screwed up optics
and bright Christmas trees of blood splatter.
Word on the street was always a year ahead
of cheap alliances, screwing up the optics
for the cops. Efforts at euphemism like
“the word on the street” were always a year ahead
of locker room talk and all its bright prospects.
For the cops efforts at euphemism like “planned
shrinkage” meant walls of garbage, broken porticoes,
locker room talk and all the bright prospects
that never materialized or a scattering of poorness.
Shrinkage meant walls of garbage, broken porticoes
zaftig rats and deafened provincial spiders
that never materialized or a scattering of poorness
all of which had loosened their chokehold.
Zaftig rats, deafened provincial spiders
the constant recall and cracked pavement
had loosened their chokehold
Comparison beckon? Everywhere else is Dullsboro
The constant recall, cracked pavement
and bright Christmas trees of blood splatter,
comparison beckon? Everywhere else is Dullsboro.
I consider Ricky to be the orchestrator.