you see the hip hop dudes
stutting in the crosswalk while you wait
for the light to change, their duckbill hat on
sideways, baggy pants, huge white tennis
shoes, talking (rapping?) on their cell phones
trying to act cool —
you can see they haven’t quite figured out, yet
how to look cool while on a cell phone
one arm raised like a duck flapping
the other arm with the hand turned like a Don
Martin character in MAD magazine —

I’m from an older generation who think being cool
is not being encumber’d by constraints like somebody
tracking you down on a phone, like
you’re on a leash —

You don’t need to talk all the time, talking too
much is weird, and nervous, like
you’re scared

16mar08 mark weber