poet Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill

Seventeen And A Hundred Years Old

November rains wash the dreams down the drain
And a rainbow lies bleeding in the street
Where it gets splashed by car tyres to the edge
And on to red shoes on a young girl's feet.

'Damn! ' she says 'Diesel always stains like hell,
Yeah, but no-one will notice in the dark.'
And as a limousine pulls to a halt
It's time for her to step up to the mark.

Seventeen years or a hundred and two
A thousand years from her eyes to her soul.
A window rolls down, a bargain is struck
This one looks loaded, she feels on a roll..

The radio hawks and spits in the night
The lights on the squad car paint the crowd
Gazing at a broken bargain - red shoes,
And beyond them, a green tarpaulin shroud.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 19, 2009

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (9/6/2020 5:28:00 PM)

    Ah, but it is great to read great poetry written by someone who knows the power of the pen and wields it. 10++++++++++++++ and onto my fav list

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (9/6/2020 5:25:00 PM)

    The radio hawks and spits in the night
    The lights on the squad car paint the crowd
    Gazing at a broken bargain - red shoes,
    And beyond them, a green tarpaulin shroud.- - - - - - -Again the magnificent imagery and we the readers are standing in the crowd stricken by what has happened here

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (9/6/2020 5:23:00 PM)

    November rains wash the dreams down the drain
    And a rainbow lies bleeding in the street
    Where it gets splashed by car tyres to the edge
    And on to red shoes on a young girl's feet.- - - tip-notch image putting the reader right there on that rainy street but hold on there is more to this than meets the eye

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  • Douglas StewartDouglas Stewart (11/6/2015 2:33:00 PM)

    Excellent imagery, structure. One damn fine poem!

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  • Anton KAnton K (11/6/2015 9:29:00 AM)

    It did not take me long to deduce that I was reading a very good poem.

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  • Rahman HenryRahman Henry (11/6/2015 12:45:00 AM)

    Tremendous. Excellent poem........10++++++++

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  • J.b. LebuertJ.b. Lebuert (3/19/2012 1:06:00 PM)

    Not a pretty picture, but another excellent poem Martin!

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  • Roberta Reilly (12/15/2011 7:12:00 AM)

    Somehow I get a mental picture of each of your poems. Some pictures are still - like an Edward Hopper painting. Your poems are cynical but all too real - I think your observation of life is brilliant.

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  • Max Kuvaev (1/19/2009 8:14:00 AM)

    Oh, that's a sad story... I like the red shoes image very very much. It is the quintessential image of the wicked thing.

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  • Tanay Pathak (1/19/2009 5:31:00 AM)

    Nice One as a poem describing a feeling of irritation, confusion

    great job

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