The Cart Race

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic

What happens at night in the big city?

Submitted: October 22, 2017

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Submitted: October 22, 2017



You always see

Abandoned shopping carts

Along the sidewalks

Especially at night


You’re not sure

How they all got there

Except for the notion

That someone

Is notoriously good

At stealing them

From department stores


Even then

They are then abandoned

By the side of the road

Lonely, damaged, beat up


And yet

You don’t want to touch it

You don’t know where it’s been

And it still has the damn

Target logo


But when you move to the city

There’s a completely

Different perspective

One that you wouldn’t have guessed


Something similar to goblins

Coming out at night

They gather their carts

And they stroll the city

Almost as if…

They were shopping


And all you see

Are people

Dressed in rags

Pushing these

Bright ass red carts

Along the streets

Holding conversations with each other


It’s the same feeling

I get when I visit the mall

It’s as if they have recreated

Daily life

As a game

For those too poor to

Partake in it


And as I step on to the city streets

For the first time at night

I see the cart race

As the carts appear

Rattling wheels across the pavement

And the slight stench

Of unwashed bodies

Following them


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