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the bus
roared away
with a flock
of luxury sedans
in its shadow

as my run
slowed to
defeat.

I spit
downwind
into their distance
before lighting
a cigarette

and inhaling
its expensive smoke
into the vulnerability
of exhausted
lungs.

a young-
woman
       wrinkled
her forehead at me

gasping through
my clouds
with her eyes
closed

walking her son
like a seeing-
eye-dog.

I laid down
with my back-pack
for a pillow
and

the swish and
growl of traffic
began to
         sing me
to sleep

when a tiny-
old man
came hobbling past
with everything

he owned
swelling
through the bars
of a shopping-
cart

click-
clacking every
crack on the
sidewalk.

his face was
to the sky

and the moon’s
mouth had rounded
as if hungry
for
   the stars.
sleeping at a bus stop.
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otherwise-duck Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I really like this.
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:iconoldest-boy:
oldest-boy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
thanks.
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5117kingcobra Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
As my run slowed down to defeat.

Running, walking, hopping, skipping, ambling, scuffling,
trudging, we ask so much of de feet. -Pa (Bad joke)
Great poem (Bad stuff can be good if it comes at the right time). The real "heartbreak" is when good shit happens at a bad or inopportune moment or time.
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:iconoldest-boy:
oldest-boy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
you can cut off my feet
I will never be

de-feeted.
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:iconredsky-atnight:
RedSky-atNight Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
I love this style of writing, its fantastic :).
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:iconoldest-boy:
oldest-boy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
thank you kindly.
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:iconwyn--:
Wyn-- Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Great, I love the flow and rhythm. I also get the feeling you read Kerouac.
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:iconoldest-boy:
oldest-boy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
sometimes.
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:iconmidnight-december:
midnight-december Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
this poetry
makes me want
to fall hard
in love with you
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:iconoldest-boy:
oldest-boy Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
some would say
poetry
is just a sly
arrangement
of words.
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