by the numbers

On my new route to work, there are three liquor stores, two tattoo parlors, two dollar stores, and one excellent shoe outlet. Cuisines: Chinese, Portuguese, Brazilian, Italian, Thai, Southern, Greek, and Indian. Crossing guards wave at busdrivers and shout over the din of my headphones to say it’s safe to cross. Delivery men double park to drop off beer; a couple, both on inline skates, exit their apartment; the fishmonger’s display case lies empty, the white tiles still gleaming from the previous night’s thorough scrubbing, lying in wait for today’s catch.

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