ON THE SIDEWALK.
by wendy drexler, belmont, ma

Men sell neon balls made in China—
smiley tomatoes, oranges, lemons—

throw them down for tourists,
how they squish for a euro.

For 75 euros, I can buy a coin purse
made from the skin of a stingray,
the clasp embedded with a ray’s white tail.

Farm-raised in Italy, the salesgirl says.
Waterproof, the salesgirl says.

The eye needs something to lean on.

 

 
 

 

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