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109th Weekly Poetry Contest honorable mention: Urban Sovereign

by Sarah Russell

Gaunt, in a grimy dress and Burger King crown, 
she occupies the median  
with timely crayon-scrawled edicts:
          "Happy Spring" in April,
          "Whew, it's Hot" in August,
          "Boo" at Halloween.
From Lexus comfort,
drivers proffer coins through half-closed windows 
that she grabs, stone-faced, 
with yellow rubber kitchen gloves.
I drive on wishing she had a cape. 
A cape would solve everything.

                             First published in Misfit Magazine

109th Weekly Poetry Contest