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Poem: The Streets Roll up by Nine

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Poem Summary

The streets roll up by nine is a poem written for a photo challenge. He arrive home late from work in a little village there is no where left open to dine or quench his thirst. With only a few seconds left he rushes to the liquor store then catches his breathe before starting his journey home.

"Small Town" by John Mellencamp


"The Streets Roll Up By Nine"

Arriving home late from work,
no restaurants open to dine
not a single place open to quench his thirst,
in this quaint, little village
where the streets roll up by nine.

Desperate to have a cocktail
with only a few seconds left to spare
he dashes towards to the liquor store
trying to beat the clock
before it strikes again.

White bag dangling from his hand,
motionless, breathing like he won a marathon,
taking a moment
before he starts his journey home.


"Small Town USA" by Justin Moore



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 26, 2021:

I'm from a small town

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 25, 2021:

Written for a picture prompt.

Small town living

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 03, 2020:


I imagine it is quite easy to do. Sometimes i go to Walmart...which is close by..late at night because they are open.

It is kind of nice to shop when no one is there.

Thank you for such a nice compliment.

Have a wonderful day...I will be out in the pouring rain for I have errands to run.

Not complaining though...it's gonna be Spring soon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 03, 2020:


In my hometown I think everything is closed up by 6 or 7 in the evening.

The town I live in now the restaurants close by 10 pm., so you don't have many choices.

But they small town life is worth it...at least we still know a few of our neighbors. (Not like the good ole days though)

Still the only thing i miss from the city would be the food and occasionally things to do.

We don't even have a movie theater here.

Thanks for reading.

Lorna Lamon on March 03, 2020:

I think we take for granted the shops that stay open 24/7. I love the title of this poem Brenda and once again you create these moments which bring the poem alive. Loved it.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 03, 2020:

Nice poem, great composition.

Living in the big cities, it’s difficult to imagine how it would feel, if the shops close by 9 P.M. However, people get used to the places, where they live.

Thanks for sharing another of your wonderful creations.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 03, 2020:


I remember on sundays there were no stores open anywhere...that was a simpler life.

None of these different work shift hours.

Small towns are nice to live in...I only live about 15 miles from my hometown..it is a village.

Where I Live now is a tiwn just a little bit bigger, but you still can't eat past 10 pm.

I hope your memories are all good ones.

Thanks for reading.

Lorna from USA on March 02, 2020:

I remember when I was a kid, we lived in a very small town where shops closed at noon for lunch and reopened at 2:00 pm. All stores were closed on Sunday. Life was so simple then. Your poem reminded me of my childhood. Thanks for sharing Brenda!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 02, 2020:

Wow...walmart closing that early.

Thanks for your kindness.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 02, 2020:


I was raised in a small town.

The one I live in now is not much bigger. But we do have fast food places until 10.

Have a great day.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on March 02, 2020:

Great writing as usual. Walmart here closes at 8:00 PM now.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 02, 2020:

I like living in a small town, When the clock hits 6 nothing is open except Walmart and they don't sell booze. Another good one Brenda!

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