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On the Street

On the Street

“Hey mister, you have something for me”?  
Flat words emerge in the late autumn dusk from the 
hollow where her heart had been before it froze to death.
Face full of life’s dings, her blank eyes expose deep pools 
in which swim vile serpentine figures of her past. 
Her upturned hand is mummified in a shroud scented with coffee, smoke and pee.  
Around us, the annual migration of leaves from their roosts has begun.
Through their swirl on the streetscape, amber post-modernist splotches, 
I perceive a troubled daughter; perhaps a failed but still loving mother.
She often prays for her untimely release from unmerited purgatory, 
even as she thrashes about in her struggle to survive.
A man wearing my clothes, nausea etched on his face, 
is already moving past the unwelcome intrusion on his ordered world.
I bid the man to stop.
He does; takes out some bills, lays them gently on her palm, smiles as he feels her rejoin the living and wishes her a good day; 
his world less tidy but his walk a bit taller and he a bit wiser.

Copyright © JAY HERMAN

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  1. Date: 3/9/2012 12:11:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Jay, well done !!! - oxox hugs Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 3/9/2012 11:38:00 AM
    Jay congrats on your win, nice take..David

  1. Date: 3/9/2012 9:37:00 AM
    congrats Jay on a marvelous writer and win for this theme on the eerie personality and horror of hid dilemma.. luv..

    Date: 3/9/2012 10:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Linda-Marie, Thanks for the kind words and for the terrific poetry you bring to life. Jay
  1. Date: 3/9/2012 6:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Yasmin's contest Jay. Love, Carol