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The hours grows late and so the night bodes ill,
Another man falls, he did drink his fill.
And what fate do the streets take,
When the night cracks with a dawn break?
The rotten and unwanted fate,
Resented and repelled too late.
When the breath of man became disgrace,
Habitual of a hollow, heathen race.
And the cumbersome unrest of drunken sleep,
With a final sigh the streets does sweep.
Here unbidden wretches mark out their day,
In this sorry place they waste away.
As the city shifts focus from watchful eyes,
Concealing its dirt beneath painted lies.
Without a sound each night exhumed,
Then ritual veneer polished and re-assumed.

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  1. Date: 3/4/2010 11:23:00 PM
    You know, a lot of those "low lifers" that festers towns and cities don't WANT to be there. A lot are mentally ill, and in the USA- a lot are veterans. James, perhaps you should take some time to actually talk to one of these people and you will see the truth. Sarah- very well written. Great poem.

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 2:21:00 PM
    It's actually based on the student town I live in, a beautiful town by day, but night is an entirely different story. I think it can apply to a lot of places though, so imagine it as you will :0) Thanks for the kind comments.

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 2:18:00 PM
    Is this based on the Carlton Gang from Australia, or the simple low life that festers our towns and cites >> either way its a kool piece >> James

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 10:06:00 AM
    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup Sarah. I also wish you the best in your writing endeavors. If you have questions please feel free to ask anyone here. We are all willing to help and if we don't know the answer we will find someone who does. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 4:58:00 PM
    Welcome to the Poetry Soup Family of poets..please continue to share your creative writes with us this delight tonight...enjoyed your lines..luv..Linda-Marie "Sweetheart" of Poetry Soup..