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Here comes the guy with the yellow tape.
First responders have long since responded.
Detectives in suits are in the process
of parking their cars.
Forensic are on the way.

Yellow tape guy wraps his strip
around a fire plug, a tree left
over from some neighborhood
beautification project, a
telephone pole and a rusty mailbox.
He sets up a dividing line between the crowd
and the ones who are just doing their job.

When yellow tape guy’s done,
he throws the leftover roll in his trunk
with all the others.
There’s plenty there to separate
crime scene from curious
for years to come.

Yellow tape guy never takes down
his handiwork.
Not even when the body’s removed,
and the sites been gone over
for every bullet shell and bloodstain.
He leaves it to the wind
to break down his creation.
No matter the talk on the street,
it’s always the last thing flapping.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident (Providence RI). Recently published in That, Dalhousie Review and North Dakota Quarterly with work upcoming in Qwerty, Chronogram and failbetter.

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