The Children's Crusade
Dreamed 2015/8/8 by Chris Wayan
I'm downtown seeking a purple bike--public and free--
ubiquitous these days. Run into Mom. She waves
alleyward, vaguely--"I saw a bike in there." But the way
leads me to a plaza with a rainbow of bikes--unclear
which are free. It's the PEOPLE gone purple here--
violent violet tees on half the youth or more.
Meaning they're like bikes. Public, free to be
Bonobocare's arrived at last! A federal plan, to calm
drives a convertible with fifties fins, pointing out free
A purpleshirt current sweeps me round a hill. We
A ranger safety-lectures. Not on skating, but on
What most of us streetkids have chosen for career:
We're the newly-legal whores for Bonobocare.
Not federal workers yet, just contractors, mer-
iting no vacation, sickleave, care: just momentar-
y friends with(out) benefits.
Surprisingly our ranger shrugs
With all the new free bikes, it's easy to reach the wars.
Child prostitute parade! Wave banners, decorated in
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