American Dreams

Fire escapes on brownstone New York City

How hard to be poor and a stranger
in the promised land where poverty humiliates
those who pride themselves
on being able to cope.

“Don’t you “little girl” me!
I’ve been carrying this family
on my back
for a whole year!”.

Step over the homeless vet child
pass the line at the free clinic, the junkies riding horse
the cops, the dealer, the blond crack whore
the schizo-cynic screamin on the corner

It will be a hot Summer up on tar beach
on the fire escape at night
in your underwear
your back against the brown brick

Sleeping under the stars
listening to the lullaby
of a far away siren
still softly singing that American dream.

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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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3 Responses to American Dreams

  1. jfwknifton says:

    I’m known for my pessimism, but I think our civilisation is only a couple of centuries from hitting the buffers at the end of the track.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    The American Dream is unfortunately just that. A a dream. It has gone the same way as the Socialist utopia I imagined as a teenager, and the international co-operation envisaged by the formation of the United Nations. Humans are good at dreaming.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. wfdec says:

    American dream v American reality. We have the same sickness in Australia.
    But I loved he Drifters especially the Ben E King line up. and Spanish Harlem.

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