Streets

The streets you run in.
The streets where you
used to play tag,
do childish things…

The streets they
used to say
were filled with
more than darkness
after a certain hour…

The streets that
pressured you
to become
the darkness…

You look at those actors
in music and movies
through a wall,
with tired eyes.

They didn’t
come from
these streets.
With that much
arrogant swagger,
they maybe saw it
from afar,
their faces
pressed against
a nighttime window.

These streets
are a fucking
meat grinder.

-GD Butler

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