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Below is the poem entitled LEFT SIDE OF NOWHERE which was written by poet Monterey Sirak. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Swing little children     swing
Pump your legs as hard as you can
Use your small pistons to propel 
you higher and higher
Keep straining to peek over the treetops
Keep straining for a glimpse
beyond the left side of Nowhere

Swing little children     swing
Spin tightly on your memories
The tire seat has been shredded
and recycled into shoes
for anorexic aging debutantes
who belatedly want to serve the earth
The rope is frayed from the noose
it made to strangle the sounds of silence

A cruise ship rests in the harbor
disgorging its passengers     spewing out 
the remnants of an undigested meal
You dream of someday being swallowed 
by the steel     and then vomited onto 
the faraway shores of the right side 
of somewhere     lulled by the smooth 
engines droning like a horde of bees

A sad wreck of a car snaps you to attention
it sputters     putt-putts     backfires
belching out a puff of smoke     sending you 
rolling for cover under a dumpster
Amazing how the backfire resembles forward fire
of a gun waving wildly from a window in a drive-by
Driven to madness when hope committed suicide
Slashed its wrists with shards of glass 
from the mirror of life     The mirror told the children 
that Nowhere was the fairest     until the grandmothers 
made pipe bombs to blow the graffiti off the schoolhouse 
and the grandfathers took the rope from your swing 
to hang their decaying dreams

It was a mercy killing
like blind fish from underground streams
who could not function in the light
and they are now paving for the roads
in this neighborhood of blind children
who cannot see over the walls
surrounding their ghetto

Mother made it through the maze
of blind fish alleys     She is
blinded from staring into the sun
straining for a glimpse of her faceless children
peeping over the highest branches

Mother keeps whispering     chanting
Swing higher children     swing higher

Copyright © Monterey Sirak

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  1. Date: 9/8/2013 2:09:00 PM
    wow i'm so glad i've read this wonderful, poetry, so emotional and profound, a poem that will not leave one's mind for quite a while...

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 3:34:00 PM
    oh , man, I think I lost the paper I wrote your address on. It's good I am seeing you on my contest list to remember to write down the address again!!

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 11:58:00 AM
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are on fire poet. I knew you had talent but WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 8/25/2013 3:14:00 PM
    You have created such a stunning visual of our bleak conditions of society. Masterful word skill :)

  1. Date: 8/24/2013 4:38:00 PM
    Monterery, this is an awesome write, so much emotion and observance went into it, it clings to the heart, well done xxx

  1. Date: 8/24/2013 12:45:00 PM
    what an excellent write dear Monterey you have excelled Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 8/24/2013 12:44:00 PM
    what an excellent write dear Monterey you have excelled Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 8/24/2013 9:04:00 AM
    hope you see the soupmail I left and can reply to it. See ya later!!!

  1. Date: 8/24/2013 7:08:00 AM
    This has to be one of the best poems I have ever read. This is a piece you should be extreamly proud of. I am mesmorized. It is so good that you turned Drake into twins because now he is beside himself. I am so glad I stopped by today. Hugs Rick

  1. Date: 8/23/2013 12:24:00 AM
    HOLY MOLEY, you are an artist!!! I would fave this but I think I fave every other poem you write. please let me know if you ever publish a book!!!

  1. Date: 8/22/2013 5:35:00 PM
    Very deep writing here. Glad I stopped by to read and thanks for your awesome comment!!

  1. Date: 8/22/2013 12:24:00 PM
    I am truly beside myself here. "Hang their decaying dreams"...damn. The explicit imagery in this writing is absolutely stunning & massive, all surrounding the power & impact of family. I am truly blown away.