Soon aftah I wen move
into da new neighborhood
I walked around wun corner to see
wun catchy sign above wun storefront window—
Next to da name of da joint
wuz wun depiction
of wun 1930s Chicago style gangster.
Da character wuz wearing
wun fedora and wun suit
and he wuz smiling
while he wuz holding wun tommy gun.
Da caption on da bottom of da sign
read “There’s no crime in killing your hunger.”
One of my friends did tell me
dat dis West Side area wuz moa rougher
den wheah I used to live.
At least da owner of da pizzeria
had wun sense of humor.
it’s not as crazy as da East Side of town.
and some suspect bad guys
recently took it
to wun new kine height ovah deah.
responded to wun high speed car chase
by using wun bazooka to kill wun ant.
Five dozen cop cruisers
joined in on da intense pursuit
wen da runaway car’s backfiring muffler
wuz mistaken for gunshots.
Aftah da vehicle wuz stopped and cornered
13 officers unloaded 137 bullets into da car.
One highly amped cop
jumped up on da hood
and fired rounds point blank through da windshield.
It sounds exciting
but he wuz only putting extra holes
into two freshly snuffed out corpses.
Before he did dat
da unarmed couple in da front seat
wuz already dead from da preceding hail of gunfire.
it wuz just anadah day
in da big city wit big reactions
next to da big lake.