The Suspects
Christopher Cheney

Inside the room, the dusty light.
A meteorologist walks into a car.
From heavy use the crosswalk is faded.
The pattern of the suspects is established.
They decline the stairs "alibi or no alibi."
The defense lawyer feels up the muscle shirts
of exhibit one, exhibit two is a tank top.
The next exhibit is two exhausted lovers.
they prove the murder weapon has a shadow
and the shadow if folded is fingerless.
It is rainy, the first witnesses huddle
together under a green pavilion
to wait for the taxis.