Fueling For the Day on the Corner

Updated on April 27, 2018
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Me [Joy Hester] 1940 E. Melbourne George St. gelatin silver contact print, 4 x 5cm, photographer Albert Tucker
Me [Joy Hester] 1940 E. Melbourne George St. gelatin silver contact print, 4 x 5cm, photographer Albert Tucker | Source

1.

She needs the fuel

to keep her going

through a day of

walking, pacing

and waiting.

2.

She rolls up her sleeve,

skipping breakfast

for some fast relief.

And there, you can see

on her pale, thin arm

a chance to play

connect-the-dots

3.

But this isn't

a child's game

(nor a game at all).

It’s the fuel she needs for life

that flows from the needle

into her crimson stream.

4.

It hits her hard

With an euphoric glee.

She knows it's no good.

But a little

is all she needs…

A little shot here,

maybe a little there.

Whatever makes her forget

about the corner where

she will be

walking, pacing,

and waiting

5.

She throws her supplies

in her little red purse

and puts on her

finest skimpy skirt

to make that

strung-out body

look more appealing,

(Since tricks don’t come easy

On that mean and rotten street)

6.

Then, she puts on some

makeup to spare

her from

death's own touch

that continuously robs her

of her fleeting beauty.

7.

Out the door she goes,

looking for a little

more money

on a corner

where she'll be

walking, pacing

and waiting.

8.

But that fuel is on her addled mind

And it’s the fuel that makes her

live through another day

on the dirty street corner

where she she’ll always be

walking, pacing

and waiting

9.

That fuel always makes

it better,

always makes

her wanting more…

just a little more here,

just a little more there…

10.

And more until

it's all she lives for.

By Lincoln Clarkes: Alley, Gospel Mission, 325 Carrall St. Vancouver, August 2, 1998 Share
By Lincoln Clarkes: Alley, Gospel Mission, 325 Carrall St. Vancouver, August 2, 1998 Share | Source

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Simply awesome poetry.

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is an impressive poem. It conveys the sadness of the situation very well.

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        ideasinked 

        5 months ago from Mumbai, India.

        Very good poetry!

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        Mary Norton 

        5 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        A beautiful poetry about a sad reality. It is a cry for help and I hope she will not be there for long pacing and waiting.

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        Louise Powles 

        5 months ago from Norfolk, England

        That's a lovely piece of poetry. And I love the images too. Thanks for sharing. =)

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        Frank Atanacio 

        5 months ago from Shelton

        wow, very good.. creative and it left me wanting more..:)

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