Dimples. Sunsets, Flowers. Puppies.

Balloons melting in stagnant water.
Bullets blood splatter ballet.
Cantaloupe ripe with salmonella.
The homeless guy reeking of shit, crumbs in his beard.
The whore on the corner, cigarette mumble, sun splotch cleavage.
That American strip mall aesthetic. Rows of ugly smug. Yellow letters. OPEN.

Cancer, spreading. The usual toxins. The usual boxes.
Too close for comfort.
Jesus on the cross.
Buddha on the mantel.
Rape on the stereo.
Endless pissing contests.
The carnival’s
in town.