Street Theater

Twice a week
police cars park
in the horseshoe
summoned by the family
in the corner apartment

Police write a report
from each party
then drive away
no one arrested this time

the summoner
lanky gray hair
down her back
raiser of her grandchildren
her son on parole
knows the system

the law-abiding
have no recourse
for in the eyes of the law
all have sinned

Published in Outside my Window in 2013.

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