Abandoned at 4th Street

First Street
gumballs from the sweet gum tree
spiky brown cherries
as tough as a jawbreaker

Second Street
mixed greens from the house by the field
a garden grown for a tortoise

Third Street
birdseed from the neighbors
and mud pies from a recent storm

Fourth Street
ants swarming the street
as thick as molasses
as tall as man
chanting
yelling
i can’t breathe
i can’t breathe

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