In Memory of Stevie A
"A Way Out" by gg.zaino
canyon walls mocking,
Off frozen salt waters
blasting an apocryphal landscape,
banshee winds roll scornfully
down Dorrance Street.
At eleven below- they come as damnation bearing down emptiness.
Vertical glass, red brick, and stone;
how they withstand
the dispiriting wind,
biting the face while spilling its guts.
Across the plaza
a cobbled menace for the sick ones.
Breath suspended at eye level-
bronze statues bold- unflinching.
Ice-covered grasses brittle,
fractured skies extreme-
the huddled ones
the distant ones;
awaited spoon liberation,
belt buckle redemption;
an alternative- not a choice.
We shiver a way out
the canyons refusal-
a way home,
out of the Arctic- withstanding.
To briefly soar- escape...
While Stevie dies
on a soiled linoleum floor...
greg g zaino (author) from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida on March 17, 2017:
Thank you, DREAM ON. A hard, desperate life, despite what the mainstream's views on addiction and homelessness.
Thank for your time and comment.
DREAM ON on March 17, 2017:
A tribute to your friend Stevie. A very discriptive and bold piece. Thank you for sharing.
greg g zaino (author) from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida on March 16, 2017:
Yes, Ruby, a eulogy of sorts.
Thank you for your time reading all 3 of these new pieces.
It has been quite a while since you and I have talked to one another.
Peace my friend...
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 13, 2017:
Evidently this piece was written remembering Stevie. It was hauntingly beautiful. I really like your poetry! Thanks...