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Cloudburst Aftermath

Cloudburst Aftermath

Humid scent of soured pavement
rises from a city’s steaming streets
accompanied by rippling gutter streams
babbling and choking on floating debris.

I wave as wet winged voyagers
cling to tawdry, fragile craft
shooting the cobblestone rapids
of Boston’s Beacon Hill.

Wafting from the alleys of the rich -
the detritus of wealth - an acrid stench,
waste, mocking the grumbling bellies
waiting on line at the dingy soup kitchen.

I walk alone among Boston’s “Common”
looking for the “cracks” they “fell” through.


submitted to – Choose A Topic – Heartbreak and Loss

Copyright © John lawless | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 11/23/2017 2:17:00 PM

    WOW!! Amazing writing. A Fav for me!
  1. Date: 11/23/2017 7:29:00 AM

    You set a scene very adroitly and then give the old one two; the rich and poor. What will we write about if that is ever corrected? You handle the question well showing a side not often noticed. Even their garbage is snooty.
  1. Date: 11/23/2017 6:40:00 AM

    Description of Boston to a “T”. No pun intended. Well done.
  1. Date: 11/22/2017 6:24:00 PM

    The combination of alliteration and rhythm season this poetic veal to perfection.