Summer Underground

  Photo credit: Key Soto, 2016

Heat thick
to the oversaturated
senses
Times Square 42nd St Port
Authority underground
waves

Laced with
saccharin
vomit
and
Memorial Day
get-it-while-it’s-hot
messages

the fallen and forgotten
inspire
a good deal
here and here only
sixty percent off
authentic tragedy

Further underground
throngs of
overheated tourists
trapped workers clocking in late
9 to 5ers on their days off
God-saving screamers
hormone fed
rats and roaches
march in harmony

Don’t step on
or rat poison me
Just save me with
a mind-numbing
even better
than sixty percent
off all-forgetting sale

Vet without arms
carves out perch
amidst the scurrying rodents
and MTA weekend
service delays
he can’t wave
no hands
with mouth
like animal
begs to be seen
on this Happy Memorial Day Weekend
for sale

To all forgotten soldiers Worldwide: In Memoriam

by Vicky Munyoz