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where street and sidewalk meet


Iím learning
to make a pillow
out of concrete
where street and sidewalk
meet

Iím learning
how to drink
where water runs to drains
chasing emptied packs of cigarettes
emptied cans
fallen leaves
and yesterdayís news
after heavy
rains

Iím learning
how to live with the pain
of having a place to live
but
still being home-less

Iím learning
about
life in the gutter

Iíve already figured out
that I can rest my head
on the curb
to
get some sleep
tonight

------
~Drake Lightle

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drakelightle@comcast.net


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Where street and sidewalk meet
I like this one very well done. thanks

( Posted by: wanda [Member] On: November 20, 2006 )

street and sidewalk
having spent some time sleeping rough I reckon I appreciate the difference between houselessness and homelessness... The former condition is defined by not having a roof over your head... the latter isn't... like this one for its awareness of emotional destitution and the mechanisms the unloved learn to use to survive... 'least that's my reading of it, but I could just be projecting again, I'm vain like that.

either way, good read.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: November 20, 2006 )





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