A soggy cigarette butt glides through stroboscopic sunspots,
pushed back from the destination intended by its flicking fingers.
It ambles slowly, floats
against a concrete barrier that stops large things
from entering the sewer.
It cannot find a small gap to sift through,
and kissing the leftmost jutting concrete tooth,
it flees the gaping mouth of sewage
and comes to rest on a riverbank.