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Latino Spin

Buttocks push; breasts boast
through non-existent crowds.
A choreographed squall
above the whir and clunk
of loaded appliances.

Hispanic girls acting out
in a Laundromat.
Hips gesture, hands stab
and tussle with unwashed issues.

I’m distracted by the overheated hum,
can’t read the print
of my paperback. Words run
naked over yellow pages
The girls are angry
but not with each other.

Skimpy shorts and gang-inks.
The porous waft of feral hormones
seethes over some slight,
branded onto a Facebook page.

They flop onto the slatted bench
produce a smart phone,
scroll through pictures,
moue and glower softening
as baby shots are thumbed.

Melting smiles, then
they hold up the cell for me to see.
we coo and smile together.
The they return to their world
and I to mine.

When they get up
the backs of their thighs
are marked by the wooden seat.

Washing spins on.

Copyright © Eric Ashford | Year Posted 2022


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