Street Theater

by Mark J. Mitchell

She’s scat singing at the bus stop. Her tune’s
a riff on traffic, mirroring motion
before breaking into noise. She steps on
a bus but changes direction, shakes a shoe
and waves it off. Her song rises up two
quick tones. Her tempo jumps. Another bus
emerges from behind a light. She adjusts
her bags, stretches her pass bungee. She stops.
The bus sings. Hearing it, her slow voice drops.
Without will, words form. She steps up from dust.

Mark J. Mitchell’s latest chapbook, Music for the Other Voices is available from Finishing Line Press. A full-length collection of poems, Starting from Tu Fu is coming from Encircle Publications in September. His novel, The Magic War was published by Loose Leaves Publishing.  He studied at Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock. His work appeared in several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. He lives with his wife, Joan Juster making his living pointing out pretty things in San Francisco.A meager online presence can be found at

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