Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Friday, November 29, 2013

Our Town

Meagan could still feel her Daddy's hands
touching her, she couldn't understand
Smelled the stale beer on his lips
Any place is better than this
Lives behind the Safeway with her friend

Sally used to work hard as a cook
til she threw her back out and she took
pills her doctor gave to her
Kept on needing more and more
Lost her job, her house, and still she's hooked

Lindsay locked herself inside the john
Her daughter cried and pounded for her mom
When her friends knocked down the door
Lindsay lay blue on the floor
Needle still was stuck in her left arm

Nicky always looking for a mark
Hooked up with his friend outside the park
Later on he stole his car
Didn't make it very far
Cuffs around his wrists 'fore it got dark

Camille called her mom this Sunday past
Said she needed just a little cash
Promised her she'd pay it back
Found her man and bought some smack
Father said that girl was always trash

Under every town's pretty facade
The underbelly's waiting to be prod
Take a peek, the edge is frayed
Out where the outliers strayed
Dying 'neath the gaze of a flawed god.


Marian said...

perfection. thank you. i swear Lou is reading this from the place where he is and saying oh yeah, you see it, girl. tell it like it is. i love it.

Anonymous said...

lolamouse, nailed it. ~

Hannah said...

Wow...you've conjured a very Lou-esque piece here. Raw and human and definitely the underbelly. Nicely rendered.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

it is in these edges that when I pray, I pray that these sharp edges be honed and that those that live there be cared for

Gracias mi amiga

Susan said...

wow! Too perfect. You make me look.

Mynx said...

Really good, sad but so true

Kerry O'Connor said...

Whatever the source of inspiration, this poem speaks for itself, or rather, for those who have no voice against their own abusive circumstances.

Mama Zen said...

This is perfect.

Bouncin Barb said...

All the previous comments say what I was thinking!! Brilliant!

Fireblossom said...

For some reason, this reminds me of Hoyt Axton's "Snowblind Friend."