The all-night taco stand simmers in the
midnight heat. The unsaid social group meets again
for yet another round of comradeship and slurred
serenades to themselves. Before stepping out the
door to the Street of Oblivion, they order one
more taco de sesos for the road, in a last-ditch
attempt to access higher levels of intelligence.
Local youths, at the starting point of the well-worn
road to street life and “infamy” swagger inventively
across the street. Shoulders swinging
like pendulums as feet trod the city earth.
Fingers that contorted into abstract hieroglyphics
that foul the air take on a demure innocence
when the law rolls around. But it’s too late–
the subtitles were already read.