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apprehensiveness

apprehensive to walk these alleyways
before me i see violence and filth
colliding in the shadows of night
disheveled piles of trash strewn about
emptied cans tipped towards houses
fences fighting to stand together
gathered only by the gates that keep them
holding back nothing but time
inscriptive graffiti on garage doors
just outside them, expensive cars sit
kept inside are years of memories
layered in unpolished dust
memories that hold no value 
nevertheless are valued more
only they eventually are forgotten
perhaps like the homeless as they lie hidden
quietly tucked in the corners of darkness
resting on nicely manicured lawns
snuggled against the base of trees
that offer shelter from the weather
umbrellaed branches sip the rain
veins slip beneath needles
where temporary escapes linger on
xanthic flesh casts shadows of death
yet there is no ambition 
zeal for life seems to be gone


02/08/2020







                                                                     

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Date: 3/16/2020 12:06:00 AM
Congratulations for your win on your 1st ever abecedarian, Sandra. I hope you didn't put yourself in harm's way doing research for this! The realism is striking and your a to z choices shine. Great write ~ John
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Date: 3/17/2020 9:50:00 AM
thank you John...my work takes me many places, though I venture less these days to the scarier areas, I have seen much in my life...my memory painted the picture... hugs
Date: 3/15/2020 7:41:00 AM
Heartiest congratulations for your win with this amazing Abecedarian poem , Sandra:-)
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Date: 3/17/2020 9:49:00 AM
thank you Edward, my first ever in this form.... hugs
Date: 2/16/2020 5:37:00 PM
What a great entry for the contest Sandra! I think it will do really well. These are not easy to write. Kudos! xxoo
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Date: 2/16/2020 10:02:00 PM
Thank you so very much Connie...it was my very first one... hugs :)
Date: 2/13/2020 12:08:00 PM
You did an amazing job with this form! Great imagery. Reminds me of Seattle, but there are sadly too many places like this.
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Date: 2/13/2020 8:19:00 PM
Thank you Juliet...I hope you give this form a try, you do good at arcrostics so you would probably do great in this one... hugs
Date: 2/11/2020 1:25:00 AM
fences fighting to stand together...gathered only by the gates that keep them... wow.. beautifully penned.. You made the reader walking with you.. Great entry in the contest.. Good luck Sandra..
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Date: 2/11/2020 5:24:00 AM
Thank you so much Jenish. I am glad it feels like you were walking with me :) hugs
Date: 2/10/2020 10:21:00 PM
WoW! Sandra, You’ve penned a well written and clever. You caused the reader to see everything that you wrote. I think Caren will like such a write. I wish you the best of luck in the contest:-) Alexis
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Date: 2/11/2020 5:23:00 AM
Thank you so much for your kind comment Alexis. Hugs
Date: 2/10/2020 6:23:00 PM
After that, I don't give myself much chance! Great work, Sandra.
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Date: 2/10/2020 7:34:00 PM
thank you so much Beth...I am sure you wrote something beautiful...I will have to stop by and check.... hugs
Date: 2/10/2020 1:16:00 PM
A fine write Sandy, such great imagery with insightful wording too. Blessings and hugs,Gordon
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Date: 2/10/2020 2:28:00 PM
Thank you so much Gordon. Hugs and blessings:)
Date: 2/10/2020 10:18:00 AM
It is truly amazing how well you are able to express yourself in different forms of poetry. A storng imagery beautifully conveyed. T.J
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Date: 2/10/2020 2:27:00 PM
Thank you so much TJ. This one kind of flowed out of my muse like magic. It was a fun write. Some forms I struggle in this was not One of those :) hugs
Date: 2/10/2020 7:02:00 AM
Wow, this was fantastic. You have penned darkness and bleakness very well my friend. Fantastic imagery in this that brings reader along with you on your apprehensive stroll down these streets.
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Date: 2/10/2020 2:26:00 PM
Wow Thank you for such a kind comment Chris. It brought a smile :)
Date: 2/9/2020 10:08:00 AM
Such a wonderful write! I enjoyed this! Brilliant lines! Great job, Sandra!
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Date: 2/9/2020 11:07:00 AM
thank you so much Natalyn… you should try one, I bet you would do a wonderful job.... hugs
Date: 2/9/2020 7:32:00 AM
Very impressive write, Sandy--I have seen the streets you painted--every detail masterfully illustrated in your poem. Excellent, as always. A TOP winner for me.
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Date: 2/9/2020 11:06:00 AM
Thank you so much Vijay...I guess anyone who has ventured into a major city has seen this same streets.... sad reality for some... hugs
Date: 2/9/2020 5:17:00 AM
Woah you did this so well... not the easiest form, especially towards the end.. but i felt the apprehensiveness in this one.... you really know how to create imagery through your words...
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Date: 2/9/2020 11:05:00 AM
Thank you so much Silent one...I guess my muse was on board because it came pretty easy... the x and z were the only two letters that required some extra thought... hugs
Date: 2/9/2020 2:33:00 AM
Great verses, Sandra. Not easy to write a poem with the letters of the alphabet at the beginning of each line. Best for a win. Hugs.
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Date: 2/9/2020 11:03:00 AM
Thank you so much Victor...it actually came pretty easy... easier than most forms.... hugs
Date: 2/8/2020 11:37:00 PM
Phenomenal verse Sandra. I am glad to know groups are going into this blight and cleaning it up free of charge. This positive news is not on TV often enough. Cities want the blight to remain! This is beyond me, but it draws a segment of the voting population who wants the poor around and no success allowed.GEE Panagiota xx best wishes,
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Date: 2/9/2020 11:00:00 AM
Thank you so much Panagiota… sad this world we live in, Philadelphia wanted to set up a safe drug area where people could go get their drugs in a safer setting... really? why not spend the money to help them... hugs
Date: 2/8/2020 11:25:00 PM
It's masterful to write a poem of this caliber - never mind in such a restrictive form and make it truly poetic instead of restructured prose.
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Date: 2/9/2020 11:02:00 AM
wow... thank you for your ever so kind comment Craig... you have always stood behind me and challenged me to better myself... so thank you... hugs
Date: 2/8/2020 11:06:00 PM
Sidney Carton ghosting for Charles Dickens couldn't top this dark one! G.L. in the contest, Sandra! ~ Chilled to the very marrow
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Date: 2/8/2020 11:10:00 PM
lol...it wasn't that dark... just describing the alleyways in the big cities at dark and why I wouldn't venture through them... cities can be scary places... hugs
Date: 2/8/2020 6:25:00 PM
Very good, Sandra, I really like … Caren didn't say new or old so I entered an old one."Enchanted Voyage"... good luck in the contest.
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Date: 2/8/2020 7:57:00 PM
thank you Eve, this is my first ever in this form...I will have to come over and check yours out... hugs :)