The situation is serious
I apologize for the delay, we’ve just received word
Please be discrete

The judgment is forthcoming
Has the jury reached a verdict?

“Yes, yes we have, your honor.”

Good. Too good.

Three of us are seated hip-to-hip in the back seat
in bumper-to-bumper traffic
in August
in the dog days of summer
Rush hour in Los Angeles
Rush hour in New York
Rush hour in Any-God-Damned-Town
Rush hour in Africa

The temperature is 101 degrees
The situation has escalated
I’ve broken a sweat

It’s beautiful, and I’m delirious

The radio crackles
The verdict is read

The situation is serious