elpis’ eyes…

 

by  Toni Loretta Alice Cross
                    and
       charles wm. martin

those eyes
where hope
can find no refuge
stare across the bay
at a camera laden ship
glistening like a overlord’s castle
whose lies
slip like soap
in a deluge
from this shiny, shiny fray
using crisp bills as a whip
making native flesh their vassal
it has been the same
year after year
they come to these shores
pockets full of cash
cameras ready to flash
capturing empty frames of life

 Toni Loretta Alice Cross and I have entered into a duel poetry challenge and this is the resulting poem.  Duel Poetry:  a prearranged poetry writing challenge  between two people to evolve a new poem where each writer must respond to the other writer’s lines  (4 -5 ) until both parties agree that the poem is complete

19 thoughts on “elpis’ eyes…

  1. there are some amazing images here. I particularly like ‘lies/slip like soap/in a deluge’ and ‘capturing empty frames of life’ (I assume that’s a typo in empy)

  2. “it has been the same
    year after year
    they come to these shores
    pockets full of cash
    cameras ready to flash
    capturing empy frames of life”

    For some reason these words made me think of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina…a very powerful poem.

  3. Pingback: elpis’ eyes… (via Read Between the Minds) « The Wisdom of Gavroche

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