Monday, April 22, 2013

An Afterschool Vacancy in 206



by Jolie Blond (that's me, Cy Jarvis)

04/12/01

Latchkey kids,
living in a crack motel,

are in no hurry

to get 'home'

before their parent.

Maybe not
even then.

Sometimes,

they're a little careless

with their keys

and have to ask Monty

at the office

to let them in

to their motel room home.


Sometimes,

Monty gets tired . . .

tired of trudging up

and unlocking

the door for them.


Sometimes,

Monty tells the kids:

"Oh, no.

that was your mom and dad in 206?

Sorry, kid.

They moved."


The scary part

for the latchkey kids

is that sometimes . . .
SOMETIMES . . .
Monty's not joking.

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