Inner Anguish

Written by: Lena Pate

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