"Texaco" by Carrie Laski
 

pipes frozen

sun tearing at my eyes

what a garbage day                                     

do not try to dislodge me!

I am unclean

and practicing deprivation politics

while there is a Univision festival

going on across the street

wish I could understand pure joy in the company of others

but

no

I want to be quiet

and watch for a while

and turn to you and say Let’s Go Home

and you will agree

and throw your mostly empty styrofoam cup in the trash

and when we get home

I will pull a red pencil out of my throat

and write this down