Missing Person

she worked the blocks between somewhat and very

(& why did you suspect that of her?)

because every story has a story 

                                            Just the facts ma’am

and bottled in bond    whatever that means.


she had the soft face of a savage     Gun shots

down the block East 3rd   someone shooting

from the jazz bar’s roof at someone in the

                                            street shooting back.

Closing time   East Village.


Joey’s advice?     Pretend not to care

till you don’t.  There was one all-night diner

where when the weather sucked they all

                                           flocked as witnesses

and suspects combined.     She wouldn’t be there.