Evidence of the Window

By TropicalSnowstorm

Big black flies circle about the kitchen,
evidence of the window left open carelessly.

Long highway of dust, sand and the remnants
of concrete, plays hell on a new motorcycle,
but gives the promise it may end somewhere
more serene - where perhaps the green
outnumbers the dry brown that grips my throat.
Orphans cry themselves to sleep with the
hum of generators from the rich houses
keeping tune, while heroes of a war they
were too young to remember ponder lessons
lost and wonder why they are not loved.

"Where are the bodies buried?" one wonders.
Undoubtedly where the flowers bloom the most.

Middle class members of the first world stare in awe
at Discovery Channel depictions of Africans eating
worms and honey ants while they dream of lobsters
and all-you-can-eat crab dinners - I've never been
into eating roaches, even if they breath in salt water.
Kites sail up overhead, carrying with them the
dreams of children, even when flown by the hands
of men, while unseen currents spin them mercilessly
to their delight all the while bearing witness to
the wounds into which we can't place our fingers.

The most attainable definition of goodness can
be found through the trial of a serial killer.

Nightmares show the movie of the unconscious
turning over the notecards printed meticulously
with neglected problems, which refuse to be
ignored due to a lack of time to think through ones
surroundings when not prompted by a paycheque.
Stars shine overhead in patterns interpreted
through the eyes of long-dead men that neither
spoke our language, nor embraced our world-view,
but nonetheless hold sway over how we see
our nightly companion when the sun sets.


Big black flies circle about the kitchen,
evidence of the window left open carelessly.

-- Steven McKennon
October 26, 2003

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Published on Sunday, October 26, 2003.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • profligez On Monday, September 14, 2009, profligez (12)By person wrote:

    I still really enjoy this.

  • TropicalSnowstorm On Monday, September 28, 2009, TropicalSnowstorm (1695)By person wrote:

    Thank you, my long lost friend! I hope this rare sighting means you have new pieces to read! : ) Scholar

  • Anth On Wednesday, May 12, 2004, Anth (1144)By person wrote:

    im awed by this work, your obsevations told in the most imaginative and beautiful manner yet so clear,and the last two verses really held a meaning, just amazing work, so much in this , that will stay with me

  • A former member wrote: Evidence of a compassionate observer cursed with empathy for those that don't have the gift.

  • A former member wrote: As always your works never disappoint. The shades within shades of reality in this were just incredible, very serene like looking at the madness looming while sitting in the calm center. Awsome job. ~Urban Shipwreck~

  • CharlottesWeb On Monday, December 15, 2003, CharlottesWeb (521)By person wrote:

    I wonder how long it took you to write this, because I'm sure it'll take me so much longer to be able to see it "all" at the same time. It's as if not a thought has been spared nor a point wasted and each line could inspire a book of poems it self. You ar

  • CharlottesWeb On Monday, December 15, 2003, CharlottesWeb (521)By person wrote:

    are a genius with a poetic streak larger then space. ~JMDW~

  • The Fallen Angel On Thursday, December 4, 2003, The Fallen Angel (245)By person wrote:

    Even though this piece is finished i still wanted to stay and read...i became trapped in the vivid imagery...this is publish calibur+Fallen One+

  • Delphoid-Q On Sunday, November 30, 2003, Delphoid-Q (217)By person wrote:

    There's a quality about this piece... I can only but call it intuitive. It speaks to the heart rather than to the mind, which is refreshing to see. As always, very well done.

  • A former member wrote: i think is the 30th time i've read this. constantly better or at least different. great write. C_W_E

  • diavolessa On Tuesday, October 28, 2003, diavolessa (225)By person wrote:

    I haven't read anything this beautiful since I can't even remember... There were messages everywhere, lines of truth and life, protected for the reader! fabulous... {dia}

  • KittyStryker On Tuesday, October 28, 2003, KittyStryker (737)By person wrote:

    every piece of my mind is touched by this... senses of justice, unfairness, belief trust, failure, success... i love the wya you write.

  • Ophelia On Sunday, October 26, 2003, Ophelia (228)By person wrote:

    I seem to be held spell bound by your words, they make me think they make me wonder and feel, , , , ,O.

  • A former member wrote: this is very VERY well done. the third stanza "where are the bodies... bloom the most" is brilliant.

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