Poemdog

Dogs 2019

LATINO TIRES
(4/10/19)


"I can't
fix that"

he tells
me

"it's
too close
to the
wall"

he wants
to sell me
a new tire

$120

plus $24.95
mounting
and balancing

plus $12.50
disposal fee

he'll
have to check
on the taxes

I had
picked up
a nail

somewhere

causing
a slow leak

but
at $160
or so

I don't
mind
adding air
every
few weeks

I just
worry
about a
blowout

then
I remember
the cheap
places
on the boulevard

I drive
to one

explain
the problem

"five dollars
to plug

ten dollars
to patch"

patch
please

I tell him

15 minutes
later

I am ready
to go

this
is what
I need

a place
to go
that does
what I
need

some
utility

some
simplicity

a universal
language

despite
any accent