Parking Tickets

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Once you have
bars on your windows
and a liquor store
on every other corner
you have more cars than space
and more space
than air
you have no place to go
that doesn’t cost
money
nowhere can you find water
for free
unless you like
mercury
in your water bill
underneath your barred door
that locks from the outside
and you have to
knock three times
for someone you never had
to
ask the name
of
until now
or maybe you still didn’t
because you just want to run upstairs
to run back downstairs
before you get
a parking ticket
and it’s good not to try to own
everything
but when you don’t own anything
doesn’t that just make you a prisoner to nothing
while the criminals
run
free
?

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