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Sarah Browning: Killing Summer


The Washington Post, Section B, Local Briefs:

another boy dead, and another –

Across town.

Down the block.

In the alley.

In his car.

A few feet from a middle school.

At a bus shelter.

Dead at the scene.

Pronounced dead at the hospital.

Motive unknown.

Suspects unknown.



City of split heads, city of gun shops sprouting,

city of playing the dozens across the steaming streets.


Streets of rain and fast anger, streets

of whistling, streets of mourning.


Mourning silence of lamp post shrines,

Sunday dinners cooking slowly in stewpots.


Stewpots of greens and fatback, all manner of potatoes,

pork that tumbles begging from the bone.



The dead young men lie in the city morgue, keeping company

with their dead brothers. It is Saturday.


Shake out the newspaper.

Shake death from the bus shelter.

July in DC, killing summer.


What city are we?

How do we call ourselves neighbors?

copyright 2015 Sarah Browning

2 comments on “Sarah Browning: Killing Summer

  1. sharondoubiago
    April 29, 2015

    great poem, thank you!  From: Vox Populi To: sharondoubiago@yahoo.com Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:01 AM Subject: [New post] Sarah Browning: Killing Summer #yiv2155082696 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2155082696 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2155082696 a.yiv2155082696primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2155082696 a.yiv2155082696primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2155082696 a.yiv2155082696primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2155082696 a.yiv2155082696primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2155082696 WordPress.com | Vox Populi posted: “I.The Washington Post, Section B, Local Briefs:another boy dead, and another –Across town.Down the block.In the alley.In his car.A few feet from a middle school.At a bus shelter.Dead at the scene.Pronounced dead a” | |


  2. Thanks for sharing and I hope you will share more great stuff in the future.


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