The cruelty of neon,
the cruelty of the downtown grid system
tests the water-tested homeless.
They lay their heads on the sidewalk plate.
The sidewalk grate versus
the tiled estate:
the predetermined, unused real estate.
But, there isn’t a business over there;
it’s doors are locked, its windows held with tape.
The human beings outside of it
lay their heads on the soggy cookie plate:
the novel, strawberry and chocolate checkered slate.
to get on the plate.