two tar-coated fingers dragged down
upper west side: see denizens snapping
their gum in traffic lanes, pressed
against parchment + soaking up
charcoal pigments in my inkwell.
a forlorn woman on fifth avenue stamps
her acrylic nail into a wax seal + a boy
with a balloon, an astronaut with a
latex planet twined around his wrist:
he stares at something in the gutter
that piques his interest + mine as well.