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  • Keith Banner

Vista

there's this secret

sidewalk


connecting newgate with norbourne

smaller than other sidewalks


a shortcut

to the elementary school


that looks like it was

built in the late 60s or early 70s


reflecting

civil unrest


no windows

concrete and blank brick


a sort of

makeshift mote around it


you take the secret sidewalk

to get there


and I take it

daily


just to see the vista

between neighborhoods


backyards

for days


rotting sheds and cockeyed

fences


aluminum siding

and aluminum siding


places where

people broke their arms

an old motorboat

stubborn, goat-like


remembering

when somebody lost his shit


and

drowned

in the middle of

the secret sidewalk


everything

is beautiful

you just

have to stop


sunlight shiny

as a silverware drawer


grass sparkling

meanly


weeds

tucked into one another


total quiet

this place


here where no one

knows you


and then you

don't know yourself




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