Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Now I Buy Candy

i grew up in a four story building
where people locked doors
with double latches
and no one rang the doorbell
asking for treats
some boys filled socks
with chalk dust
and swung the socks
leaving chalk marks
on anyone who didn't
run fast enough
one year my mother
scrubbed away
two perfect hits
on my blue pea coat

I never flinched
when hit


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