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Vegas Street Poetry Vol.2

Updated on March 19, 2013

A Startling Vision

A small boy

No older than five

Sitting alone

On the edge of the sidewalk

I wonder why

No one’s around

To offer him

Their defenses

The cries of the child

Echo in infinity

Yet the expression on his face

Is placid

We look at one another

With a second split for questioning

Realizing that we’re staring

Into our own reflection

Horrified by this

Twist of perception

With no memories present

For recollection

I violently shake

Myself awake

In a stream of cold sweat

Absorbed by the hotel mattress

Sitting up

Rubbing my head

I struggle to ring out my mind

Of this reoccurring nightmare

There's something menacing about her face
There's something menacing about her face | Source


I keep my distance

From the violence

Of the intoxicated

Hostile environments

Make the crowds rowdy

Regardless of the terms violated

In my shell

I avoid the arrogance

To settle my irritation

Walking fast

Bumping the people I pass

Get me the fuck out of here

Promptly ignoring the vultures

Spitting out their profanities

Sirens scream for evacuation

As my fingernails dig inside of my fists

I fight to hide

All of the laughter inside

For the fools

Who face incarceration

I detain my reactions

I hope they’re satisfied

I’m the one who walks away

Slowly mastering evasion

Forgetting the faces

I’ve wasted countless hours

Studying that same intoxicated

Look on their faces

Holding my hand to the pages

Tracing the lines

Between my fingers

Another couple

Stumbling down the sidewalk

A mismatched pair

Far from where they came

I do my best

To hold my breath

With countless comments

Dancing on the tip of my tongue

They stop where they are

Contacting my eyes

For a brief moment

There’s a connection between us

A sense of belonging

As we are

Before my eyes can blink

They vanish before me

Into the night

Just another faceless pair

Swallowed by the city

Old downtown's lookin a little green these days
Old downtown's lookin a little green these days | Source

Fists of the Enforcers

Birds of pray

Feast on the wounded

Stuck in the cracks

Of the sidewalk

Wrists are slapped

By uniformed scavengers

Releasing the grasp

Of their mousetraps

Court dates are ordered

As papers are sorted

Locations are pinpointed

On maps

Perfecting their needlework

Projecting authority

Assigning locations for their next traps


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      Skyler DeCristoforo 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am very happy to see my friends here enjoying this poetry, these small collections mean a great deal to me! its been a blast putting them together so far. I assure you there will be more to come!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Incredible journey through a world of recurring dreams and nightmares. Enjoyed and great pics. Made me think of all the episodes I've seen of Las Vegas with James Caan and C.S.I. Vegas. Passing this on.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Really a fine selection here! Startling Vision is really great. I often wonder about recurring dreams.