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Sixth Street and Central

Updated on July 31, 2013

St. Petersburg

Sitting on a curb he lights a cigarette

Watching a woman walk by, pushing a stroller carrying a bag full of bottles

A small child follows

Sunlight reflects off of her dark sunglasses

Hiding bloodshot eyes

He hears her sigh, And senses her dark secret.

Cigarette burns in his shirt

Match cigarette burns on his car seat

He only walks on stony ground

Cause he had her name

Tattooed on the bottom of his feet.

Oh how the memories hound.


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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Colin. This is one that I have contemplated rewriting. It was just a quick jot of thoughts when I first started hubpages and have thought it might have more potential.

      Whatever hub it may be, its always nice to see you.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I love going back into the catalogues of writers/poets and either rescuing orphans or shedding new light on an older piece with commentary and a FB post in which I shall do here - once again you are a storyteller without peer and you can change your poetic scenery like a chameleon operating a light switch.

      I hope these words find you well and I am sending good thoughts and wishes at lake erie time 12:45pm

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      Wayne Barrett 5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much bravewarrior.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Very deep poem depicting memories and regret, Wayne. Nice job!

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      Wayne Barrett 5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Liz. I get these images while working downtown quite often.there is beauty and tragedy.

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      bizarrett81 5 years ago from Maine

      Another great one! You painted a vivid, dismal picture, leaving me wondering what the story was = )