Charm City

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They did yoga on the grass in the park
as the police helicopters circled

women in spandex spinning hula hoops

while he smiled from the stage

fingers pressed firmly on the strings of his bass

down the street

the protesters chanted 

inaudible over the banjo

and Bumper Jacksons’ ragtime blues

hard cider and sunshine

harder loss

white grandmas making spaghetti 

with gluten free noodles

while a black mother plans a funeral

a dancing city weeping
April 2015

Julie Ayers

NaPoWriMo Day 25

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