Sullen overcast overcoat
scowling clouds cover sky, knee to collar
mean spirited temperature
heads down people
no greeting, and no eye contact.
The shopping mall – compulsory only
pharmacy and clothing essential,
discretionary spending will not be seen with.
Smoking still prevails
outlawed, outside several years ago, by statute
behind the dumpster
stringy youth –
sharp features, neck tattoo
thin same aged woman, Cleopatra hair and bangly wrist, reaching
inside thrift shop jacket
for cigarettes –
flicks lid open,
confirms – last one
struck match, one draught
passes to him – shakes her head –
he can have it all.