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broken high heels
pretend to be
ten feet tall
on limping feet
pouring their glitter
clumsily
leaving a littered trail
that reeks of champagne martinis
where ice sparkles
scattered in the street like confetti
so sing!
one Auld Lang Syne for me
erase me from your memory
recall a time when love was blind
but ne’er let me flash
across your mind
again
Happy New Year, my dear!

The End

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Home

I sit near a place
I once called home
a space once familiar
a walk once routine
the faces have changed
but the streets never do

Inhale nostalgia
Exhale who I used to be

she who was not quite me
in the summer the water will fall
like rain
quenching
cooling
soothing
sweet
right now in between
the sunshine
and the children laughing
there is no doubt
I am alone

never am I left
to decipher
life
on my own
this place near the church
I once called home

not the great unknown
though it once felt that way
when we snuck in to play
once the children had gone
and the moon hushed the day
just to swing in the starlight
til the moon walked away

but here
today
there is no moon
just a place
I once called home

I stand
walk away
I look towards a home
that seems so far away
and promise myself
not to stop

not til I’m home.

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Sometimes I walk down once busy streets past once glamorous department stores on once important Main Streets, and I get a little nostalgic for times I will never get to live.  These main drags are all over America in towns that gave way to easier access to bigger cities via freeways, shopping malls, and the internet.  Buildings stand like monuments to this simpler time.  What once was a local name department store is now broken down into smaller stores of convenience, or worse, left empty as fallow reminders that these towns now struggle to survive in a vicious economy that has affected cities and towns of every size. 

Is accessibility causing these ghost towns and raising the poverty rate?  These used to be great places to live and raise a family.  These used to be great places to work.  Today these places are boasting an exponentially elevated unemployment rate and the issues that face an aggressively growing demographic of welfare and drug use, of failing school systems who no longer get as much funding as they did a couple decades ago, and of people who are resigned to things just staying empty and broken with few opportunities to be fixed. 

It seems maybe we need to take a step back and re-evaluate our commitment to our own towns and cities.  Only we can help them.  Empty department stores on broken streets won’t replenish themselves.

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