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a couple keeps kissing / stopped by the old wall / too many palm fronds / and slicked back movie hair / and they don’t know

ON THE STREETS OF NAPLES

a couple keeps kissing / stopped by the old wall / too many palm fronds / and slicked back movie hair / and they don’t know / about the taxi / and those kids / sleeping in their mothers’ / beds last night / but today / what of / the swimming pool outside ringed / with bodied sculptures / ungloried, and dirty dirty / and gunshots sound / clear as ribbons / and those kids / and watch the mountains / tongue the horizon / and those kids / they came here to run away / not to see this / but the street dogs keep barking / and the land is still far

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