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Rounding Up the Cartel

Updated on April 16, 2012

An Ode to the Ten Minute Walk from the Train Station to My Office In the Centre of Sydney City, Australia. My Corporate Prison.

Three nights in a family motel in Terrigal

You've worked so hard for this annual.

An entire year for three nights in a motel.

I try to sound excited for your family, three

nights! I say, and I get my coffee free.

Your shop's become my morning routine.

Now-familiar coffee stop family treasure.

Dawn risers, you make my own life feel like leisure,

Even more so when I get my coffee free.

I leave you at your booth of small coins and smiles,

With streets to cross towards my nine to five

Paper cup and I are stopped at traffic lights:

Four men, one in a wheelchair, at several intersections.

Four men, four different stations, four heads in one direction:

A set of tall legs scurrying heels across the street.

Her long bleached hair, pink artificial flower,

Pretty j-walker wields short-skirted power.

Wonder where she's going to holiday.

Blinking green light and the spell is broken.

Each man to his respective storeys-high,

And I to the five by five for which I'm spoken.


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      4 years ago

      i need a letter and a poem and beautiful

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      8 years ago from NC, USA

      Awesome images. Causes me pause.

      The poem brought to mind a song by John Hartford entitled "Going to Word in Tall Buildings." You might enjoy it sometime...

      I read your post over on the forum a few moments ago.... hmmm..something about you are looking for other poets on HubPages. Thus I landed here upon your page and the title of this piece intrigued me. Glad I found it.

      I've yet to post a poem as a Hub. Most all my poems are elsewhere and spread abroad across the net. So I await the Hub Muse for my first Hub Poem.

      Nice to meet your cyber-acquaintance amidst the spaces, letters, lines, curves, flips, and life...


      ~carol welch

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      Dizzy Barlow 

      8 years ago

      I'd love to hear your musical take on this poem, CMCastro - thank you for the compliment. Surfeitt

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      Christina M. Castro 

      8 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I had to come back again to read this one, so is there any chance I can compose the music to this jazzy poem? Really, I think you have lyrical potential!

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      Nikki Wicked 

      8 years ago from Louisiana

      a five by five cubicle. ah i too have a dull office job an 8 to 5 lol

    • surfeitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Dizzy Barlow 

      8 years ago

      Thanks CMCastro

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      Christina M. Castro 

      8 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      It's great. I like the rhythm and flow of this one.


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