Treasure Island

Owain Glyn


City Streets.


I stand in the shadows
And watch.
As the sun burns the pavement,
And girls with cracked heels
Never look back.
A mother chastises her children
And warns them of the consequences
When their father gets home.
The father is in a hotel room
Two hundred miles away,
With a woman who thinks
He's a pilot,
They both take to the air.
A policeman
Fat with self-importance
Stares with laser eyes
For an opportunity
To practice his skill with a taser.
An old man
Fueled with hops and yeast
Matted beard and rheumy eyes.
Performs a monologue,
Populated with forgotten words.
A pinstriped suit
Hurries on
With papers
Under an arm bereft of deodorant.
This
Is just another day
In another
city Street.
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Owain Glyn

Submitted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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A typical day in the City

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  • Danny Draper (6/17/2013 6:54:00 AM)

    A great snap shot of a few people and definitely characters and character types no doubt. (Report) Reply

  • Lynne Fincherspringarden (6/16/2013 9:54:00 AM)

    A very perceptive view of humanity with all its foibles as it carries on with the chore of existence on the streets of a city. Cities that are sometimes little more than open air jails of existence. These words provoke strong images in the minds eye being very much like a Jane Goodall journal entry of observations on humanity. They serve as a reminder that man is perhaps at his best when living closer to nature. (Report) Reply

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