Alan Hagler

The Only Citizen In The City Of None - Poem by Alan Hagler

Echoes through the sterile canyons
Served up in guttural shrieks of fear
Explorative cries of misunderstanding
Oh, the self-realization is near

No number 9 dream, just daily confirmation
No warmth of understanding, gone the midday sun
The city streets are empty
Excepting for the citizen of None

Library doors are padlocked
Prisoners all set free
Trapped in a circular logic
That only he can see

Sleeping but a remnant
Of better times gone by
When the ladies came a courtin’
And all his sheets were dry

A king amid his castle
Wealth beyond compare
Lost in a sudden shuffle
Of uncontrollable despair

Withdrawn and shivering silently
The citizens’ face contorts
“Oh save me, robots of society”
Before my life aborts

Slowly on the deep horizon
A crack amid the gloom
Laser lights of visual wonder
Have split the empty room

From far beyond the sidewalk
A trumpet call, a flood
Heralding the understanding
A warming of the blood

The gift of explorative interchange
Sweet thoughts he must pursue
The citizenry is coming home again
All the skies are blue

“What have you learned, my brother? ”
“I think it best to say”
“When the buildings all were broken”
“My creativity went astray”

Peace is on the city streets
Sunlight reflects off glass
The staggered fighter, connects a punch
Fears’ knocked upon its’ ass

The bells chime happily once again
Women now wink, and turn seductively they stare
The citizen now smiles back at them
Life is beyond compare

Comments about The Only Citizen In The City Of None by Alan Hagler

  • (3/21/2007 6:31:00 PM)

    my favorite line, 'no number 9 dream, just daily confirmation' (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 13, 2006

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