Walk on by for Blogophilia 40.6

Photo by Susan Koenig

Photo by Susan Koenig

In the murky gloom of the tenement,

I crouch in the mud shade of life,

on the margins; out of sight, out of  mind.

Huddled in my corner of existence.

Surrounded by meager possessions,

for comfort; my home.

Reaching out, I touch   my bags and boxes.

My “stuff”; reassured that they exit,

 that I exist.


The shade sounds

are the  silence of perceived failures.

Failures not deliberate, but

simply due to happenstance.

The alley reeks of a life not well lived.


I see you walking by,

in the sunlight of your superiority,

with your looks of scorn,

as if you never disappeared

down the path of despair.


You think I’m a bum

with my unkempt clothes,

 dull eyes filled with hunger

and tinge of a stink.

Just an emaciated, raggedy shape in the corner.

As invisible as another piece of

 dirty back street refuse.


You think I have no education,

just another ignorant derelict.


I had a life like yours:






The accident was bad,

could not work,

could not pull my weight.

The pain pills helped.

Then became necessary,

even when the pain was gone.


She left,

took the kids,

lost the house,

out on the streets.

The mission was chaos.


So here I sit;

watching you walk on by,

in the sun of a  life well lived,

blind to my existence in the shadows.


Where coldness hovers in the shade

emitting a chill straight to the soul.


This is my story.

It could happen to you.

Should you lose yourself

in the shadows of the alley.


Last week colleen spoke of giving back to the disenfranchised especially at this time of year.

We all dream. Every one of us. The fear is that our dreams will turn into nightmares. When life doesn’t go the way we dream that’s when the state of widdendream enters the picture, resulting in even worse choices. One requires the stone face of a gargoyle to shovel past the pigeon poop and allow our dreams to shine.


written for
Blogophilia 40.6 Topic – A Dream and a Fear
Bonus Points:
(Hard, 2 pts) Use a Widdendream – confusioin mental distrubance – mad fit fury
(Easy, 1 pt) Include a gargoyle and a pigeon
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19 Responses to Walk on by for Blogophilia 40.6

  1. Marvin Martian says:

    Indeed! Indeed! I especially like the last line. *Nodding agreeably* Yes, I especially like the last line! 8 dreamy points, Earthling!! 😀

    –Marvin Martian

  2. BarbaraK aka fiddlbarb says:

    Eloquent and powerful indeed.

  3. trev says:

    very deep and real Sue…
    life in the raw.. we all see it and walk on…
    **there, but for the grace of God, go I**…
    compelling ode Sue.. hard to read and hitting home with a punch!!!
    an amazing write love… loved it.. 🙂 xxx

  4. Chuck/tyler says:

    Very gritty – great approach to the prompts

  5. kim says:

    rings in so much truth and sadness but speaks to our hearts!

  6. Deeply moving Sue. A sad sad fact of life.

  7. I remember this!! Thank you so much for reposting it… it truly strikes at my heart so deeply, Sue. You have so eloquently taken us into the soul and the pain of one who had it… and lost it all. Very powerfully done! Thank you….

  8. Josh says:

    Very nicely done 🙂 I liked the broken accident was bad / could not work.

  9. Myke Todd says:

    I mean, it is not like the person who walked by and saw him, actually said anything rude or hateful, or kicked him…

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