Barbara Stahly

Rookie (Boston Mass)

Heat - Poem by Barbara Stahly

The smell of food and sweat permeates the air
the heat hangs over the city like a blanket
The windows open wide, shouting from within
The kids play in the water from the hydrant
enjoying the cold spray on their hot little bodies
The teenagers on the corner pass around a smoke
and a cold beer pours down their throats
Stray dogs bark and cats meow as they look for
tender morsels in the garbage cans.
sirens wail their lonely lament
as they speed down the streets
Drug dealers and prostitutes walk their
territory in seach of their prey
The lights go out on another summer night in the city
but the city never sleeps

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 2, 2011

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