The Walk to School

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Twin mattresses stand sentinel

Beside the rusted blue dumpster

Dirty and limp with exhaustion


The paved road

Cracked and dusty (usually)

With chunks of missing blacktop

Gurgles gritty water

Along its length


Encountering a throttled plastic bottle

Head ripped off

Its label torn and faded


A jagged piece of metal---still shiny & new

Reaches from its wet grave


A pink the color of Hubba Bubba bubble gum

Decorates a scented lotion bottle

Cursive writing in pearl gray

Amidst a lighter pink

Murmurs the exact scent and its ingredients


An orange pointed cap

The color of traffic cones

Men At Work construction signs

And the middle section of candy corn

Leans against the curb of the sidewalk


She steps high

In her pink polka-dotted rain boots

To clear the height


As she reaches the school

They usher her in

As if they hadn’t just seen her

24 hours before


And still she has no teacher for Spanish

  • Author: [email protected] (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 20th, 2023 18:10
  • Category: Sociopolitical
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