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Way to Protect

by Linda Umans


It shall be unlawful and disorderly conduct for any person
and that means you, neighbors, long-estranged relatives, loose acquaintances.

to harrass, by words or acts on the streets or public places
I will not visit your apartment your house or be anywhere proximate to your private space.

any simple minded, idiotic, crazy person or other unfortunate person
I have been all of those sometimes often and forever. I can count the ways.

and it is hereby made the especial duty of the police department to enforce these terms.

Well, get busy. When I am out in the open at the greenmarket outside your door
loitering in your aura at the doctor’s office at the hospital waiting for results
at the crosstown bus stop at Whole Foods salad bar in any subway through the turnstile…
get busy.