Larry Boodry

Uptown - Poem by Larry Boodry

Shards of glass glitter
on rain-wet pavement.

She is fourteen,
a child of the streets,
barefoot and cocky
in her bleached yellow dress -

Wild and delicate,
pretty - her shaggy blonde hair
shadows haunted green eyes -

A dark, rotted stairway,
smelling of urine, and rats
long since dead -
two-rooms in a three-flat walk-up -

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 22, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, April 23, 2012

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