One Good Poem Deserves Another

There’s an old field of hollyhocks by the bus stop

payin’ no mind to broken bits of asphalt flyin’

the sour hackin’ of old drunk Tom leanin broken’ hearted again’ the fire hydrant

fist clenchin’ around the metal diggin’

Into his hands waffle-iron hot

if he knew any songs to drive the heat away

he’s long forgotten them and into his silence

rushes the wind carrying hollyhock blossoms

that fall like tears

the noise and blare of cars screechin’ to

and fro the hollow scrapin’ of old beer cans

the shrieks of grackles divebombin’

that old field of hollyhocks pays it no mind

that old field of hollyhocks pays no mind to

the tears or the sweat the old fry smell

hangin’ salty sweet in the air

just reaches up through the dark

and the rank

and grabs the sky

just pulls itself up like all the blue up there

is nothing but a ladder

there’s an old field of hollyhocks

leanin’ wistful like, shiverin’ in the wind

but still standing

payin’ no mind to any weeds

just keeps growin’

growin’ towards the sun

*photo credit: me*                 * also, these are not hollyhocks, they are aloe blooms, but I don't have any hollyhock photos handy, so there you are :)
*photo credit: me*
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also, these are not hollyhocks, they are aloe blooms, but I don’t have any hollyhock photos handy, so there you are 🙂
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One thought on “One Good Poem Deserves Another

  1. I googled hollyhocks before I saw your comment about these flowers not being hollyhocks. I was confused. Now I’m not. 🙂

    Aloe blooms, eh? I have an aloe vera plant, but it has never bloomed.

    “and grabs the sky” – love that line.

    Like

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