sadness of the girl walking home after school, past the gas station into the entry of her apartment complex, which extends uphill like old-fashioned los angeles hillside apartments.
sadness of the girl entering the steel security gate which is always open.
sadness of the burnt out boarded over clapboard old house next door, abandoned for years; now it has ragged black holes in the roof.
sadness of franco auto repair next door to that, closed and abandoned, boys have smashed the office door and ransacked the place.
sadness of the twins, two sisters only talking to each other walking up city terrace drive past the elementary school home after school.
sadness of two deaths in two weeks, walking like two legs of death back and forth across my world. two legs of death walking across the world.
sadness of kids walking home after school in the bright wind.

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