Short-order summer of golden humans

THE BALTIMORE SUN

we all love the smell

of sun-fried skin

we savor the aroma

of slowly burning flesh:

mixed with sun-tan lotion,

perspiration, salt, sand,

and pheromones;

marinated in ocean water

and sea shells,

with a tiny dash

of melanoma

to go.

big big city

breathe:

fear fear fear

into heart and lungs

fear fear fear

mountainous buildings

ominous

fear fear fear

not of bullets of crime

fear fear fear

of the height of the skyline

Pub Date: 8/08/96

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