Fun Center

The Filipino cats used

To hang out at this

Arcade on Market Street

Called the Fun Center

 

Most of them were in

Their teens and wore

Their hair long

 

Some of them carried

Radios as big as

Suitcases

 

The Fun Center had

All kinds of video

Games

 

And I was Filipino too

But these guys knew

Some Filipino stuff that

I didn’t know so I kept

My mouth shut, and watched

With my pockets empty

 

And a lot of those

Guys stood around

Looking tough and cool,

Posing without trying to

Pose

 

But it was their

Slacks that I tripped

On

 

Those slacks hugged

Their narrow waists

And ballooned out at

The sides

 

Those slacks were pleated

And those Filipino cats

Stood in that Fun Center

And walked down Market

Street waiting for anybody

To give them a bad time

 

And I never got a pair

Of pleated slacks

Quite like those guys

 

truth be told,

i was never cool

enough to wear

them

 

and some of those

guys may have

been in a gang

or two but the way

those pants looked, that

was the gang i wanted

to be in

 

And I remember

Those guys and how

They looked in them

 

Even though

Over

Time

 

Their numbers

Would be

Depleted

 

© 2014 Tony Robles

 

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