just for now

Just for now
I remind myself,
I sit alone again,
eyes peering out
of the dirty window
clammy with humid sky
barely breathing in
through the screen
and red/tan brick alcoves
Just for now
we bear the heat
while the bugs wheel
in molten light
red ashes in the night
Just for now
I walk in tune
with engines and
refrigerators
slumped shoulders, drooping heads
and people trying
really trying
to be seen
when they should have
faces bright with laughter
uncaught in themselves
thoughts streaming out of their ears
and eyes and nose,
mouth with corners tucked in cheeks
none of them hungry
none of them sad,
not a trace of hostility
in their deep deep minds

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