winter’s rain…

digital decoupage cwmartin 2012

when
the rains come
construction dust
will be washed
from these
city streets
old motor oil
will be washed out
to sea
when the rain
comes
and
the sidewalk stains
from a drive-by shooting
of a child
will join
the river of tears
that could not wash
a mother’s pain away
when
the rains
come

involuntary metamorphosis…

8 pm
two lovers
life
partners
sharing a sunset
9 pm
the drive-by shooting
victim
is transported
to emergency
10 pm
the
patient
is in critical condition
by
11 pm
the belongings of
the
deceased
must be removed
from the room
and
before noon tomorrow
the mortuary
should pick
it
up for burial

grandmother’s gift…

the screen door
accidently slammed shut
sending
her five year old body
diving for the floor
recalling
her grandmother’s words
     honey
     get down
     get down low
     you gotta
     get down low
     best not to take
     no chances
     in this neighborhood
those words
were her granny’s
last will
and
testament