MEMORIES FROM A LABOR DAY GOODBYE

 


It was all I knew

at the end of that Summer

a road that

finally silent

went Nowhere

Snakes rattled from the gutters alongside

steam rose up

leaving droplets

on my thighs

Everyone wanted me

outta town

I held too much Dignity

so I didn’t cry

The laughter and the joy

had gone

Blue toenail polish

had cracked and dried

No more were we

three girls singing loud

to the stars

begging for

protection and romance

Light had ceased

dancing in the window

sustenance had gone

and died

Dust billowed soft

like fog on a gravestone

covered with kudzu

hidden by pride

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