Alley Man

Last night I watched the superbowl on television.  During halftime there must have been $100k worth of fireworks streaming from the perimeter of the Metlife superdome.  Some of the advertisers had paid four million dollars each for 30 second commercials to air during the show.  One of them was the car manufacturer Mazerati.  All of the car manufacturers used their commercials to tempt viewers by celebrating the luxuries of their vehicles.  First I wondered if the debris from all of those spent fireworks would gradually come down to land on the spectators.  Then I wondered how many homeless and hungry children were close enough to the superdome to witness the spectacular fireworks display.   And now I wonder how many superbowl commercials it would take to end homelessness in our nation.

Alley Man

Tumbleweeds and bumble bees,
Forty winks and knobby knees,
Summer fun and Halloweens,
Life is grand for things like these…

But darkness lay
in street corner lots,
and alley ways
to dare tread not.
For monsters loom
and carcasses rot,
near a broken soul
whom we’ve all forgot.

He hides himself,
for face and shame,
when ’tis we,
ourselves, to blame.

His eyes once blazoned
for the love of life.
Relegated now
to loneliness and strife.

Oh, dear God,
what misfortune had come?
How can his hunger
become undone?

Did he see?
The fireworks tonight?
Once bringing glee
and now only fright?

While children play,
sparklers aglow!
Poor alley man,
nowhere to go.



© 2014 John Allen Richter



About johnallenrichter

I am an aspiring Poet and adorer of life, a conqueror of nothing. However I am a champion curator of truth and friendship and hold both of those things most dearly to my heart. Welcome to my mind's eye. I hope you will enjoy what you may find and please know that you have a friend here. View all posts by johnallenrichter

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