Dreams of Forgetting

downtown broken side
-walk panhandler
folk songs for charity
drug habit
scratch

shoestrings on Crescent
Park bridge over
duck water
children dispensing
food hamper trash

senior highrise
insurance prison faces
in welfare office
backbroken labour
dry razor burn

halitosis
cigarette sweat soaked
denim railyard
crumpled cowpat stained
lottery yellow prayers
returned

drinking class ideology
brow beaten
hardship exchange for
kingdoms and
family name

honor in duty/sacrifice
married off daughters
after highschool
escapist dreams of
big city
earn

only to be lost
in faraway glass castles
and brought home
to rubble town obituary
buried in west end
hundred year
grave

© Emerys Watchel, 2016 All rights reserved.

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