FURTHER DAILY OCCURRENCES

Chicago, 2002

Blessed beauty man

behind me in L seat

spouting off’

spitting deliberate cusswords

in muffled amused ramblings.

Me trying to make out what pure rambling wisdom

may be forth spewing from his filth

but all I can make out

is the “muthaf–as.”

It’s the sound of the urban preacher

which haunts all our heads

in gurgle murmurs

only here uninhibited

and pure stomp-footed self-giggling,

D–n man!” spirit.

Woman in frizzy graying hair

and denim jacket hanging plump

from her distant eyed shoulders

stares far into the back of

the seat in front of her –

contemplating the status of her own sanity.

A witness to uninhibited freedom

prompts us

to question our own introspections,

wants us only ourselves

to be so

(if only we could be so)

free.

Brian Janisse(Apr.’20) adds, “Living in Chicago, I saw wild characters every day.”

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