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Dead End Roads

Updated on June 19, 2013

Dead End

On “No Outlet” roads

Everybody owns a dog, or maybe two, three and four

Some homes- nicer than others

Some lawns- especially groomed

Some driveways- empty

Some-used car lots

Everybody on every kind of schedule

A wave here

A nod there

Everybody working all the time

People who live on roads without any outlets

Proudly wave American flags from their porches

Put on the most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks

On “No Outlet” roads some get out

Lose their homes

To foreclosure

Their homes sit empty

Their lawns overgrown

Homes without occupants

A sadness prevails

On “No Outlet” roads

While others leave

Some stay

But do not know their neighbors

Just where the fences start

Connections end

A “No Outlet” Road

More often than not

Just another dead end

No Outlet

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Very profound write here, dearest Kim!

      I love how you used "No Outlet" to make the point. Very clever and interesting poem.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      (will return to share as buttons are not appearing at the moment)

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A clever poem it is. Nice metaphors! Its interesting how so many of us live life with blind eyes. Problems and troubles come after us all. Its interesting to see just how we all react. Life is some kind of confusing mystery that were all in together. Great write!

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Great metaphor and poem about social connections and mobility! Interesting post on Flag Day too. ~Lurana

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant you are indeed one talented writer. Voted up and here's to so many more.

      Eddy.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      You are always so kind. Thank you for your vote. I keep seeing people talking about share buttons, but I have yet to see one; for I, too would like to be able to share.

      SkySlave,

      Greetings! Thank you so much for your kind words.

      Lurana,

      Thank You! Thanks for noticing the connection to Flag Day! : )

      Eddy,

      Can't tell you how much it means for you who consistently presents such creativity to support my efforts.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Great choice especially for Flag Day.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Thank you so much! Your support is greatly appreciated.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Kim, what a powerful, thought provoking piece. Voting up and sharing.

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      An interesting narrative Kim, and a sad indictment on a lot of 'communities' in these harsh, economic times, across the world, but the fickle hand of fortune seldom remains empty for long, and things should hopefully improve - many people looking towards their own affairs, and not having the time to build their neighbourhood, it seems, because of the individual family's struggle with domestic problems.The mere nod of sentiment that now pervades a lot of public celebrations, can be a bit sickening when losing its efficacy in reality.

      Sincerely,

      R.Q.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      RQ,

      Hey! Good to hear from you. Are you a grad student? Thank you for your narrative response.

      Happy Summer Solstice!

      OC

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Kim(O.C. ) : )

      No doll; I'm self-taught.

      You're right;it is supposed to be the longest day today - I only remember that, because it's my sister's birthday.

      Thank you;

      R.Q.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Wayne,

      Thank You so much for your kind words and support.

      Happy Summer Solstice!

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Kim, how very clever of you. I honestly wasn't sure if this was going to literally be about a dead end road when I first started reading. Thought-provoking.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      shanmarie,

      Thanks for using words like "clever" and "Thought-provoking" when talking about my poem. I hope you have a wonderful day.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Marlin 55 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Kim, it's simple but this poem definitely has a deep impact on thinking. Great job.

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      Micky Dee 3 years ago

      Very beautifully done. Excellent!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Micky Dee,

      Thank You!

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Marlin 55,

      Just now seeing your comment. Thank you so much for your kind words.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Marlin 55 3 years ago from USA

      You're very welcome.

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      Cornelia 2 years ago

      Deadly accurate answer. You've hit the buleyesl!

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      Bill 2 years ago

      My kidlet is too small for sochol yet, but on shopping in general, I take him a lot. But some days I just crave the freedom of cruising through a store on my own timeline. The things you appreciate when you're a Mom! LOL

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      Michael-Milec 21 months ago

      True, though not necessary. You have found "us" in transition... There is a " narrow road'' to follow ...

      'useful'.

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      ocfireflies 21 months ago from North Carolina

      M-M,

      I believe you are correct. Thanks for reading and finding my little piece useful.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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