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Chicagoetry: Black Ice Blues

Black Ice Blues

Now: black ice lurks
Like a mugger, so time
To be aware

As a burglar.
Now: The whole wide world
Is booby-trapped,

"Frozen objects plummeting toward
The top of your skull
May be larger than they appear."

Now: simple errands rife with risk,
Commutes devolving
Into carnage. "Dear God:

I'm just trying
To get to work!"
Now: you walk,

Scanning the ground for ice
And then a diamond-hard chunk
Breaks off an adjacent tree

Or soffit, splatting inches away.
Might hear a warning crackle first but
Might not. White bombs

Rain, crystal ordnance teem,
Some ice falling in sheets wide as a car.
Now: the sky, quite literally,

Is falling.

Nearly broke my ass slipping
On the back porch stairs taking
The garbage out to the alley

Due to a lazy choice of tread-less shoe
And black ice under the grey snow.
Glad it happened early

This year so I'll be smarter,
Sharper, fucking meaner through the siege.
Now: the neighborhood, in

Contemporary parlance,
Is "weaponized;"
But black ice won't break me,

It'll be the making of me.
Every sense sharpened, every
Step measured, every breath

Deep. I'll listen
For crackle
In my sleep.


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


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