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Assessing the Fear Factor of Survivors (or i知 sick of how we waste money on stupidity)
by jeanne rene watson
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

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somewhere in the slums of a columbian city
on the tiered hillside
of continued existence
the old woman lays on a bed of
piled cardboard . . . discarded,
as is the surplus construction
over her head

she fears that no one will come
today . . to leave a cup of water
or tender a kindness . . .
a brush to her hair. . .
a bit a cloth bunched for a pillow
she fears the day with no word
or impish giggle
from the barefoot children who peek
through the curtain
the rats who run through
her scavenger痴 maze
she will not bother to notice

she does not shout blame
or humiliate the hand
that toils on the hill for bits of bread and water
like her . . . breathing shadows
who straddle the expanse of life and death
flowing through trenches of dearth痴 feces

this same old woman fears
in multiplicity
drinking from the unholy water
of many cities . . .
she will show a toothless smile
to the curious child who
stands over her bed

jeanne ren 9/03

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Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 2/11/2004
Glad See Somebody Else Voicing Opinins Getten Involved Even Remotely!

Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 2/11/2004
This is well written...
And the ending excellent.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/11/2004

written with stark reality and truth--BRAVA! disturbing imagery, but so powerfully expressed!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Reviewed by Lori Moore 2/11/2004
Good write. I have seen and written about sights such as this. You've done a great job.
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