Long Hot Summer

Do you think we’d see the light
if sunshine cost the wealthy something
or would we live in blackest night
outside the gates and out of sight

while stepping over homeless vets,
passing the line at the free clinic
the junkies riding horse
the cops, the dealer, the blond crack whore
the schizo-cynic screaming on a corner?

Passing the hungry in our streets
leaking pipes and rusted beams
inhabited by human dreams,
ghosted by the ailments of our time.

How hard to be poor
a stranger in the promised land
your neck bent, as if cut at the nape
sauntering about in your great freedom

It’s a hot Summer in Ferguson
in Detroit, in New York
up on tar beach or on the fire escape
at night, in your underwear
brown back pressed against the brick

sleeping under the stars obscured by distant smoke
listening to the lullaby of the sirens
the clatter of tanks, Desert Storm uniform
still softly singing that American dream.



photo: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/08/14/militarization-u-s-police-dragged-light-horrors-ferguson/


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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5 Responses to Long Hot Summer

  1. beetleypete says:

    Powerful stuff indeed, Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  2. DanicaPiche says:

    This one is tied for my favorite of your posts.


  3. Lord have mercy! This is GOOD! I love it Toritto! It certainly resonates with me!


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