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Three Legged Chairs

make the poem like the hood
couches and three legged chairs
at the curb
scrawled graffiti
on abandon buildings
fetid damp smell emanating
from dark cellars
two story homes
run down like bad teeth
make the poem like the hood
litter the language with busted wine bottles
scatter old mattresses
people with scrawny cats
color the streetlights blue
have all the trees stagger
like  human drunks
let the wind forever sound like gunshots
and sirens
somewhere in all of this children
play and bleed
some escape
on the wings of mother’s prayers
some escape
with bullets in the back
some escape
into the church or mental wards
some escape
into bottles and white powders
some escape
at the wheel of the word
some run, jump, dance
into beauty and fame
golden name
most go to graves
embittered, enraged, unknown
and screaming 


make the poem like the hood
a place of vitality and revival
in the mist of
desolation and despair
mothers struggling
to raise their children
against the odds
families surviving
in spite of society’s
attempts to
marginalizes them
and rob them
of their self worth
make the poem like this day
a day that you

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday  family,

About tenthltr2u (1072 Articles)
A child of the 60's I often feel out of place in the world as it exist today. Too much excess, too much materialism, too few people who genuinely care or give a damn. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

1 Comment on Three Legged Chairs

  1. Very eerie, but, very visually true.  A surreal look at a real world.  Peace.


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