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to the dogs

…to the dogs

He stared at the damp chilly night 
and marveled in frustration
seeing nothing at all -
except the black night

So many years ruined dancing to the same tune
days and night overlapping into an endless timeless space

Indigence, parched throats, empty ragged pockets…
guns persist as unflawed blood flows into the filthy cesspools
maggie dogs, scavenger, urchins all blend into one
all in a split race for the a place in the bins

At first light 
blurred images flash past his eyes 
cheese and butter, wines, champagne, music and festivals
laughter and smiles
- the taste of a gone era

Flashy cars with tinted windows speed by
on the highway 
towards the glass towers and 
the affluence beyond the mind’s eyes

Numerous gaps along the road 
shattered dreams, tattered bridges
dyed-in -the-wool banal lip services
Shame!

A curse from the bowels of the earth or 
is it a monster 
from our flesh and bones 
or both?


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  1. Date: 4/15/2012 2:27:00 PM
    Congratulations on our poetry being featured this week James. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/12/2012 2:27:00 AM
    Nice! welcome to Poetry soup looking forward to reading more of your work.