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Solace in the ghetto

As I stared out my project window into the streets were the predators never seemed to sleep and the dope heads that kept the neighbors in the private homes on pins and needles as they prowled the street, looking for the next cash cow to supply their drug needs. In the alley where we would play baseball during the daytime against the old trash bin, at night it served as the hiding place for the drug boys dope and guns…It’s sometimes hardto believe that decent people do live here in this place where I live, but they do. I don’t know how? But really they do, I swear. The alleyway was littered with so much broken glass on the ground, sometimes I would pretend that it was diamonds and would dream of running out one morning and picking it all up and then I would be rich like the people who lived in the private homes up on the hill. At night from my window in the summertime I could smell their grills cooking some expensive meat, that seem to overload my sense and make my belly growl in a hopeless thought that I might somehow get to taste it. In the distance sirens blare in the middle of the night as the ambulances race to the causalities of the night life. I can still recall those house parties that never seem to end, that’s until the men in blue decided to finally answer the calls and put an end to their night fun, but by that time they were all drunk and doped out or found a mate for the night…as they all spread out onto the side streets like cockroaches when you turn on the light and then shots rang out in the calm distance of the night. People scatter into the night. My eyelids are now so heavy I can barely hear my own thoughts inside my head. When all of sudden my door flings open, standing there in the doorway I can make out a shadow, I take a deep breath and continue to play like I’m asleep. Wow, it was only my mother, just checking in on her only investment for her future dream of a doctor or lawyer that would not have to deal with this mess, she shuts my door after seeing that I was okay…as she takes a deep sigh of relief, knowing she could take solace that her child was fast asleep.

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  1. Date: 11/7/2010 3:54:00 AM
    Well-deserved honorable mention

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 6:52:00 PM
    deep write...pensive...congrats on the win in the contest!

  1. Date: 7/25/2010 2:00:00 AM
    this is an amazing poem. i am a new to this, and just posted to poems i wrote a few months ago. you should take a look at them, and let me know what you think. there fairly short, but have a lot of thought put into them

  1. Date: 7/20/2010 12:34:00 PM
    Congratulations on a well deserved win in the soup contest.

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 6:24:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the PoetrySoup Contest Jay. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 6:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Jay. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:25:00 PM
    I love the simplicity in the telling of your tale. A poem that anybody can understand and sense in this narrative the plight of the people who live in the ghetto. So many good people living among the violent street life. I just really enjoyed this one. Congratulations. Andrea

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 4:25:00 PM
    VERY MOVING!!! Jay. Congratulations on your well deserved win. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 1:52:00 PM
    Congratulations Jay!!! Awesome win!!! And excellent writing!!! Love Jeralynn

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 11:32:00 AM
    My congratulations on your well-deserved win in the PS Feb. 2010 Contest, Jay! Worthy indeed is this. Peace, love, Audrey

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:44:00 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS on your BIG win in the contest! Peace always, John

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:08:00 AM
    Many congrats on your feature this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 6/3/2010 8:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry x2 making it through the first round Jay. I wish you the best in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/3/2010 5:55:00 AM
    Hey! Congrats on having you wonderful poem making it through the first round, keep your pens flowing with passion. Wishing you all the best in the finals You are such a great writer… love Leke

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 1:59:00 PM
    Congratulations on making it through the first round of the Poetry Soup contest with two poems. Best wishes in the finals. Karen

  1. Date: 5/22/2010 7:36:00 PM
    Jay this piece is fantastic. I pictured every word you described in my mind. You have a lot of talent. I hope you write a book one day because this piece was certainly moving. This was quite powerful. Stay true to the honesty and the openess you have, because this is the best type of writing.

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 2:48:00 PM
    Or...maybe a writer, it would seem. Is this an clipping of a larger body of work. Should be! Congratulations on being featured on the SOUP! RAY

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 3:53:00 AM
    Very touching write that you have presented here...I do not know if this is your life or a topic that you chose to present...It seems that you have lived it so it is well done...I see that there is talent in that child of that mother who wants a future better than her own present...Keep on writing and her future could be in the writer...Congratulations on being featured...Sara

  1. Date: 5/19/2010 4:22:00 PM
    Good use of imagery to paint a picture with words. Congratulations on having your poem featured. Wishing you ongoing success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 12:02:00 PM
    Many congrats on your featured piece this week. Rgds Janette