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Down the Alley

This alley stretches long

starting from the small, scrub houses

past the old man’s semi shack

his possessions spilling

willy nilly

into the grass forsaken yard.

Ramblers travel this alley

from the postwar huts

to up behind

the 1920 mansions

with pool courtyards

brimming with

moss roses and sweet potato ivy.

Make me a laurel

of purple sage blooms

and moon flowers.

On these blocks

down they go,

alley wise and seeking.

The drifters, the treasure hunters,

the ab-fit joggers

tracing its path

from decay to grace

the madams and marsupials

night creatures

delve into the alley place

as the mansion owners rest

in money sleep.

In the light of day,

traffic slows

from the cracked, overgrown

meager origin

to the pristinely paved ending

and that is where

I find the opossum

now decaying

unlucky nomad

who was busy

about in the laurel flowers

meeting his end

with restless canines

consorting in the night.

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31 thoughts on “Down the Alley

  1. Busy place, this alley! Lana, I love your descriptions — all except the possum. Those things I can do without *shivers* Their slick skin, pointed noses, whip-like tails, and staring eyes frankly give me the willies — and no way will I let Dallas out in the yard if I see one roaming about. Have a splendid weekend!

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  4. Very realistic. Is the painting yours? I like it. Reminds me of Carl Sandburg: “The fog comes / on little cat feet. / It sits looking / over harbor and city / on silent haunches / and then moves on.

    • Oh, I love that poem! I even wrote a winter tribute to it, of course, ha ha. No, the painting isn’t mine, I wish I could paint like that. I use Pixabay for my images, they have a wonderful collection, and they are all free to use, if you would like to check them out. I do paint along with the Art Sherpa on YouTube, as a hobby. It is fun and relaxing, and I can even manage to turn out something that looks okay. Thank you for reading, I always enjoy your comments, and I think you are a very talented writer.

    • Thanks D. D….I was just about to let you know that I had penned my first possum post, ha ha. I really wasn’t sure what to do with the poor fellow. I did embellish the alley going ons a bit, but that place does get a lot of traffic. Glad you liked it!

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