A Moment of Loss

Dumpsters in an Alley

A Moment of Loss

Stumble upon a puddle spotted alley
Great place for a quick puff lighter spark
Smoke anger drenched buildings standoff
Here silence in between sky tints gray above
Shadows creeping in graffiti like scared flesh

Upon the walls smeared windows peer dirty
Ledges spite pigeon shit garbage stinks loud
Crisp air bites the skin without coat

Got to get moving watch glance last drag
Lighter returned to pocket smoke butt flicked
Landing amongst the shards of broken glass
and things no one wants

Who would have guessed there are men here
Just as shattered dreams here just as lost turn
Pause step out into the world again toss
aside the thought

© Demitri Tyler

Excerpt from the book “Measuring For Balance”

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