Seeing

-The lyrics to “You’re Beautiful” scrawled in sidewalk chalk, stretching for blocks and blocks on the way to the el
-Rows of chickens roasting vertically in a window, like those roasted chickens in old cartoons that dance.
-The same people over and over – the owner of my favorite cafe lives across the street from me, the founder of the poetry slam movement lives down the block
-People I’ve seen before: Katherine, Caleb’s new flame, was in a women’s studies class with me freshman year of college
-A calico cat slouching through an alley, making me wonder where it lives and what I would do if I felt compelled to rescue such a cat, since I am so allergic to them
-Abandoned furniture that looks better from far away — do we need a red pegboard or a broken rattan chair?

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