should have been over awhile ago

here’s where
we get to that part
of the night

closer to dawn
than dusk

when the cars
rubber by
less frequently

and your
eyelids
will not
cooperate

everyone else
is long down

nothing
but the hum
of the refrigerator
to keep you company

and that last car
rolling past your window

won’t be another till dawn

best to wait for it
under the covers

if you’re lucky
it’ll go by
unnoticed

if you’re not
it won’t

(D. James)

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weather crimes

Los Angeles is pointless
under clouds
and cool temperatures

The palm trees
and imported cars
need the glint
to show their worth

It’s harder to defend
this almost-city
when the weather
plays the hostile witness

(D. James)