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.


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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16 Responses to American Dreams

  1. Reblogged this on House of Heart and commented:
    I’m transported to Haight Ashbury ‘60s.
    Fabulous writing toritto

    Liked by 1 person

  2. toritto says:

    Many thanks House for the re-blog and the kind words. Best from Florida

    Liked by 1 person

  3. beetleypete says:

    You make me feel I was there. Though from over here, I sense the Ameircan Dream is to own a powerful gun, do what you like, and to hell with everyone else. (Not you, I know that, Frank.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. This does such a good job of capturing the American experience.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. toritto says:

    Thanks TJ. Glad you liked. Best from Florida


  6. Keith says:

    Well done, sadly telling a truer story than the now fiction. The American dream is no longer an American one as we have fallen in upward mobility along with our increase in hunger and poverty. We fail to talk about fixing the causes behind our real problems.

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  7. toritto says:

    Indeed Keith. Best from Florida

    Liked by 1 person

  8. toritto says:

    Thanks Reluctant. Flad you liked. Regards from Florida

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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