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Tommy Lynn Sells Many Real Lives
by Tori Rivers
Thursday, March 27, 2008
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MANY REAL LIVES

 

 

A MAN STUMBLES ACROSS A STREET,

FINGERS GRIPPING THE BROWN PAPER BAG,

A WOMAN PACES BACK AND FORTH,

MAKING SILENT OFFERS TO PASSING DRIVERS.

 

UP THE BLOCK ANOTHER MAN,

SLUMPS OVER A SIDEWALK BENCH,

HIS BODY HANGING ON SOMEHOW,

BETWEEN THE BENCH AND CONCRETE.

 

PEOPLE PICKING UP DRUGS ON STREET CORNERS,

SOMETHING TO FILL EMPTY HEARTS,

WITHOUT MATERIAL POSSESSIONS,

TRYING NOT TO BE TOUCHED BY OTHERS.

 

SO MANY WANTING TO START ANEW,

ONLY HAVE GUTTERS AND SLUMS,

WHERE THEY’RE ABLE TO GO,

NO PLACE TO CALL HOME.

 

A LIFE WHERE THERE IS NO LOVE,

KNOWING THEY’RE LOST IN SUCH A SAD PLACE,

UNDERSTANDING WHAT LONLINESS IS,

FEELING ISOLATED FROM ALL.

 

THE LOWEST DAY OF LIFE,

FACT IS, WHAT I’M SAYING,

IS TRUE, I’VE LIVED IT.

 

HOW DO YOU FIX SOMETHING WHEN ,

NO ONE ELSE SEE’S IT BROKEN,

SOCIETIES ANSWER IS JAIL AND PRISON.

 

THE REAL CRIME IS EACH OF US,

TRYING TO RUN FROM A PAST WHERE,

THERE WAS LOTS OF,

KIDS LEFT BEHIND.

 

FINDING THERE WAY TO MANY YEARS,

LOCKED AWAY AND THEN,

DEATH ROW,

WHICH EVER COMES FIRST.

 

KIDS LEFT BEHIND,

SOCIETIES ANSWER IS JAILS AND PRISONS,

IS TRUE, I’VE LIVED IT,

NO PLACE TO CALL HOME.

 

TRYING NOT TO BE TOUCHED BY OTHERS,

LOCKED AWAY,

AND THEN DEATH ROW,

WHICH EVER COMES FIRST.

 

 

 

BY

TOMMY LYNN SELLS

 



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Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 3/11/2009

Heart wrenching and very sad for I know these depictions are real and true. Painfully true, "...THE REAL CRIME IS EACH OF US,..."

Take care,
Gwendolyn

Reviewed by Lois Christensen 7/21/2008
I so hate to see young people on drugs. Ruins their lives and they don't seem to get that it does. Why do they think they have to be with the in crowd. Some I know went to prison only to come out renewed. Is this God's way of bringing them to him? Don't really know but so many lost lives ended by overdoses and all. You made it so real here on this poem. lives going down the drain per se. Hurting their families and loved ones.
Reviewed by Dark Knight 6/4/2008
wonderful poetry-powerful images
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 3/28/2008
Powerful writing. You make the reader think about those things which many of us fail to see.
Reviewed by R Beeman 3/27/2008
a cold and dark write, yet one that gives rise to a life that most never care to think about.

randy
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 3/27/2008
Someone a while back told me that there were no orphans in a Navajo village, but our society has many, even if the absent parents are still alive, but that's no excuse for each of us to forget they also belong to us, one way or the other. Bless you! Jasmin Horst
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