LA Odyssey

I almost insist on the words
                                                 as doors left swinging
from the force no one saw
                                             A wrap around hotel
                                             with empty courtyard
                                             boarded up, sprayed white
                    Hiding Out.
      Nick is too kind
                                   two black
                          and slowly moving marbles against flesh
Sara, a model of containment
                                             Brian is luminous (all eyes)
                             twin fires beyond the pit
                                                                            that only crackles green
                              brighter than the edges of the neon
                                                                                               lining Fairfax
                                                                          Family Books
                                                                                                    The Films of Robert Blake
                                                                                                             We score a trim ocean blue
                                      and Dinosaurs of the Land, Sea & Air
I slipped away from the bench
                                                       when they brought
                                                                               the car around
My black hobo sack abandoned
and thought a bomb. I was seamlessly high on my air heels and driven
                                          away to where the camera could not follow

Cedar Sigo, "LA Odyssey." Copyright © 2015 by Cedar Sigo. Used by permission of the author for PoetryNow, a partnership between the Poetry Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network.
Source: PoetryNow (PoetryNow, 2015)
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