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Chicagoetry: King Love

King Love

They squared off
Revolver to revolver,
Maybe six feet apart -

Let's call it four -
A beat cop
And a Latin King

(A child), in a standoff
On the sidewalk in front
Of my second-story flat

After sirens,
Squealing tires and shrieks

Race Street, West Town, near
Grand & Damen, in the full light
Of a spring morning, say 1993.

Our block was part of Insane Unknown
Territory, if I recall. I actually tried
Not to know, or mind.

That would just trigger helpless anxiety.
At the time, I had
No place else to go.

So I coped.
"GOD, please! . . . "

The Latin Kings versus
The Insane Unknowns, the latter
Clearly a hodgepodge

Of mostly white double-losers,
Leftovers of leftovers.
Nobodies. Insane. Unknown.

In this case I figured
The Unknowns killed a King.
Neither group of teenagers

Gave a single flying fuck
About being surrounded
By fully armed cops.

Not a single, solitary
Flying fuck.

I'm from Naperville!
One is socialized to give
A fuck, flying or otherwise.

I waited for blunt noise
And bloody death.
Somehow, neither came.

The cops got that King
In cuffs though he kept shrieking

Somehow, it got
Resolved without the bloodbath
I thought I was sure to witness.

Twenty-five years later,
I distinctly recall the pistols,
All the way round.

No rifles.

The kids had Glocks;
Even the cops
(That I could see) had

Only revolvers.

I wish I couldn't
See it so clearly now.
I wish.


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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