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Youngster sucking crack,
running numbers
for the man.
Running crack
for the man.
It pays well.

People walking past
this drama
as if it was invisible.
Young man attacks
like a pit bull.
Steals his ice.

Fast food restaurant
offers young man
paltry pay.
He runs smack.
Minor compensation is dwarfed.

Young man runs
whatever the man
tells him to run.
He needs protection.
The iron projectile hugs his pocket.

The bullet finds
the young man.
No running.
No more.
Magnanimous people don’t notice.
The young man is stillborn.

Do we care?
We walk past
the empty space,
soon to be refilled by,
another young man.
No end.

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