SEPTEMBER 1979, MY HUSH PUPPY SHOES TALKED
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On the corner of East and West streets,
there is a parallel lane that
heads south, and just north of that,
there are three roads in a
next to a six
Pet Park with
a dog run by
the racetrack next to
the railroad yard between
the docks and the airport but
officer, my friend will drive me
home since I live eighty miles away.
*After celebrating my September 3rd birthday with my friend out of town, wearing my grey-seal hush puppies, I walked to the nearest phone booth (no such thing as cellphone people) to call a nearby friend, because the guy that brought me was just loaded into a cab being too drunk. I'm the only one who doesn't live in the area, and I ain't paying for no $100 cab ride. After hanging up with my friend, I slumped down in the phone booth with my hush puppies out the door, and the local police showed up and took my statement. They gave me a copy since my friend showed up. My friend told me to read it because he never saw a place like it in the San Francisco bay area. My nonet describes several different places miles apart. I'm describing two of my sisters' homes, my third sister's workplace (bike path), my workplace (airport/docks), my parents home (pet park) and my home (BART train/racetrack). Six-lane freeways are everywhere. The title says it.
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