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Inner Anguish

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Inner Anguish

Two men sitting on a stoop
Day dawning as the rush of cars drive by
Drinking coffee from Styrofoam cups

One old, one young, they discuss the weather
Air already warm before the sun has even risen
Not a cloud in the sky to promise rain

Old woman pushing a shopping cart passed the men
Old man nods his head as she shuffles by
All her belongings crammed into black garbage bags

Girl in scrubs waiting at the corner bus stop
Boy in jeans, backpack hangs off one shoulder
Looks about his neighborhood with hooded eyes

Yesterday’s newspaper lays abandoned on the bench
Headlines read Economy in Constant Decline
No change to the everyday existence in the inner city

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 10:44:00 AM
    Dear Lena: Great poem and what an intersting way of expressing the mundane in such a poetic way, BRAVO!!! Thank you 4 taking the time 2 read and comment on my poem. Yours truly: Sheol

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 8:17:00 AM
    enjoyed this one , the message so quitely put, but strong at the same time thanks for the write, Johnathon

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 10:06:00 PM
    Great imagery here, Lena! I wrote one called The Bag Lady that this reminds me of. So glad you've brought your talent to the Soup!!

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 1:58:00 AM
    Lena, You've said it like is is!!! Very nice poetic social comentary. And life goes on... Love, Dane

  1. Date: 8/9/2009 11:10:00 AM
    It is Sunday afternoon here and I am so happy to share this time reading your fantastic poetry Lena. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/8/2009 8:28:00 PM
    Vivid and compelling images of a neighborhood stricken by the economic slump that has spread throughout our nation. Very nicely crafted using individuals to illustrate the daily occurrences of inner city life. You made it personal -- very creative touch! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/8/2009 8:19:00 PM
    Hello Lena, this is quite a wonderful poem. It describes the inner city very well. Well done. BG

  1. Date: 8/8/2009 8:18:00 PM
    poetic commentary, Lena, well penned! jim