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Sarah Browning: Killing Summer

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 at the hospital.

Motive unknown.

Suspects unknown.

.

II.

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.

.

III.

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” | |

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

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