Letters From Downtown:

Things I See On My Way To Work

Things I see on my way to work:

(3) APD Cars, two going to the same destination, and quickly.

(1) Santa Fe Police Car, attracting disdainful looks.

(1) Back bumper of a Ford Mazda. Bumper sticker reads ‘If you can see this you’re too close’.

(1) Shattered brake light, presumably from the same car.

(1) Shattered headlight, presumably from the tailgating asshole.

(2) People dressed nicely, a man and a woman separately. Life has treated them well, they tell themselves as they scream into their cell phones.

(5) People dressed casually, half wait for the bus, the others walk. The ones with company don’t seem to mind as much the time of day and the bitter cold.

(3) People dressed in many layers of tattered clothing. One sleeps in a slouched position, one waits for the bus, and one walks seemingly aimlessly.

(3) Very large murals painted on the walls of city buildings. People from different cities would wonder how vandalists are able to create such intricate pieces without anyone stopping them.

(2) City buses, struggling to turn the tight corners of small downtown streets.

(4) Pieces of actual graffiti. Two are small tags with gang names and the others are aborted works of art not commissioned by the government.

(1) Puddle of indeterminable nature. It hasn’t rained in a week, and the puddle smells like a pit to hell.