“Dying’s Not That Bad I Tried it Once in Pittsburgh” – Excerpt 1 – By: Daniel Yasko

This building is known

As Dagget Street

It’s where we call home

It’s where we smoke crack

And sing along to old punk records

Until we wake the homeless

Sleeping in the stairwells

Its where the pitbulls

Are barely held back by their chains

Snapping as we walk by

Its where the graffiti writers

Have come and gone

Leaving their mark for us to find

It’s where they find bodies

Gang style execution

Crime scene tape fluttering in the wind

It’s where you told me

That you loved me

And I pretended that I didn’t hear

It’s where you were too afraid

To say it again

Before we passed out drunk

In each other’s arms

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