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JUST A WALL AWAY by Miles Ciletti
 

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  • The
    plumbing leaks,
    the wiring ancient,
    the concrete floors cold,
    every window broken
    like a busted heart
    from 80 years of abandonment
    and abuse.

    outside
    there's debris
    everywhere
    and always the displaced
    and half-dead humanity
    adrift
    in a field of old rags,
    industrial waste,
    discarded auto parts
    and used condoms.
    and
    of course
    the barbed wire:
    appropriation
    in appropriate places.

    the
    droves of
    nomad-like homeless
    sift through the clutter,
    the trash,
    the rotting garbage,
    searching for hope,
    for aluminum cans
    as if it were gold
    and then disappear
    into the rusted
    and dirty brown terrain
    blending
    like camouflage,
    awake all night,
    finding sleep
    in the shade of day.

    across
    the street
    the huge water tank
    atop the toy factory
    gets painted
    a much brighter blue,
    while artists sweep
    the daily dust
    from their lofts
    and writers ask why
    they mumble to themselves.
    Asian merchants
    pack and unpack
    more and more trucks,
    as a few remaining hobos
    kick out their fires
    and hop freights,
    north-south,
    yet fewer
    and fewer of them
    know a thing about Kerouac
    or even how
    to spell his name.

    and me...?

    when
    I'm not sleeping off
    the depression,
    I usually pace
    in wide circles,
    often dizzy from the high,
    some days
    luckier than others
    and sometimes
    having the good fortune
    by possessing
    the correct answers,
    but
    always
    glad to be home

    even
    though home
    is just a shit-stain
    and one wall away

    from
    the end of the world.


    ~~~~~~~~

    (c)2014 Miles Ciletti

    Original music by Tim Eilers

    Original artwork in collaboration with Alex "A" Noble
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