Artist:  Langston Allston  // Photo:  Evan Brown

Artist: Langston Allston // Photo: Evan Brown

I floated inside

a comic book disguised

as a storefront, Humboldt

stick step humidity

where walls acted

like notebook pages

and murals battled

the black and white

topics of everything

and all things else

worth entering inside

a comic book designed

to be a DJ playing

Saba and Jean Deaux

while restaurants

and street corners familiar

stood out on the walls,

Boost Mobile Starbucks

underneath armored

authority thirsty

to unload and smoke

knowing full well

this two week long

superhero Chicago

storyboard has been

home all along,

right here on North Avenue

by the broken glass

scattered August parks

they're still cleaning

up the fireworks.