J.J. Campbell

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                                     “Untitled” by Erin O’Malley


under construction again

walking these broken
city streets in constant
need of repairs

you’d think they would
fix them right the first
time

but you’re old enough
to know that’s not how
unions actually work

these once grand
steps

lincoln spoke here

now, they are home
to the insane preaching
to the pigeons

where struggling
community college
students go to buy
weed

where old poets sit
down and take out
a blank notebook

hoping that
something interesting
walks down the street

and about three
cigarettes in you
realize the sidewalk
is under construction
again

even the pigeons have
lost interest

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