Los Angeles

excerpt from:

Short Bus Ride

by Nan Friedley

Escape Artist



with a reputation

for eluding recess duty aides

dodging custodians

climbing the chain-link

breaking out


fast, wiry boy

who could scale a fence

drop on the other side

to continue his sprint

through the staff  parking lot


I chased him once

but he outran me easily

yards ahead, gaining distance

just a fuzzy dot down the road

wheezing, I watched

him continue his journey


sometimes he made it home

or stopped by Albertson’s

to enjoy his brief independence

before his eventual police car ride

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