As the dizzy glow of aftermint
comes the touching wording from a rapper
it’s too noisy to make sense of it
too long to be short about it
just enough to be firm while on it
and just enough riot to make it clear.
You breathe the dragon’s breath
and the atmosphere of the street
wafts through windows and doorways
softening tones with opiate dread
circles under the eyes betray
the wasting waiting time.