October 2005 / Volume Six / Issue Five
Luis Rivas
True Story

33rd street
South Central
Los Angeles
two brothers
had turned a garage
into living quarters

cheap space heater
too close to combustibles
(them and their beds)
ages 19 and 20
one radio station
said the oldest was 21
not sure
but the estimated cost
of damages was certain
$ 5,000

and then
the report was over
just like that
cold and final
like a toe tag
in a morgue
with a price