#2,483 This cold town

This cold town of grey faces
& hesitations wakes early to
greet traditional deliverers –
possibly a last year of this &
that
[banks are closing] – in
a grimy nail bar another girl
is bent at more ugly cuticles
& an impossible thrusting of
fingered demands – reduced
prices are starting places on
all goods [everything’ll drop
as offers – by drastic Sharpie
markdown] – coffee is never
pushed for less – aged kids’ll
pay best rates – in time cafés
will sell their heat [by seats]
to grey-faced red bill payers