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volume 14 number 1
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Dani Raschel Jiménez April 2017
   

 

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photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Dani Raschel Jiménez lives in Richardson, Texas with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a slightly diva-ish Pomeranian. Authors you'll find on her bookshelf include Kafka, Vonnegut, King, and Murakami.

   

 

Downtown Dallas

One mural shifts with home-
less, one man willing to exchange
doughnuts for the Streetzine. He sings,
"Hey, Tattoo Lady,
you married? Come on,
baby. Don't lie. Give
a guy a fair shot. Don't drink.
Don't smoke. Don't do
no drugs, Tattooed Honey.
What about change
for coffee? I need caffeine,
a hand grenade, and a kitten
today, Tattoo Lady. Need
energy to keep up with some
exploding soft pussy."

Walk along a further mural.

This mural rings with singing
pigeons. Their eyes mark
larvae between change and wishes
in this private fountain
on Akard. Today, one bird
shimmers on the sidewalk.
Sifted from the used coffee
cup of a homeless girl,
pennies tattoo its eyes a fair
shot at convincing Charon birds
prefer boats to flying
the lengths of unknown rivers.

Walk along another mural.

Last mural,nothing but coffee-
breathed commuters, facefull
nameless. In this urbanness a violinist
uncases her song, and pigeons
sift through the change falling
at her feet. Finally, the Green Line
to Buckner arrives. With commuters,
she exchanges the pigeons for a fair
shot at a bucket seat. She rides
alongside the homeless. They leave
downtown Dallas, this city

settled into murals.

copyright 2017 Dani Raschel Jiménez