MARC OLMSTED

 
 
GREEN HAIR

Thinking about the
    street kid
  teen girl San
Francisco panhandling
  in front of 
       the bookstore
         barefoot
shaved sides of
        her head &
     a shock of
        green on
top beautiful
face
"Hey mister can
         I pet you
dog?" she says
          to the customer
tying his mutt
      to the parking 
     meter
      how vivid now
          4 years later



 
 
RIGHT WING FEARS

    will I meditate
secret w/ a
  candle listening
  for the 
  police?
the homeless
    drink my change  
cant we do better?
will my thoughts
scribbled here
  be considered
    disease?
will real disease
    get pushed
    to the poor
queer black?
  will Christ
be enforced as
my visualized 
  deity?
will I wake
  up old wondering
what happened
  to the oceans
& the air, body
  pain intense
no sympathy alone?