The Gate

I grew up in a cul de sac off
of Main Street,
a slice of the American Pie,
nice houses, paved walks,
backyards,
trees and shrubs,
all so middle class
with picket fences delineating
and dividing manicured front lawns.

A rustic wall of tightly piled
rocks and stones, held
in place by weight and gravity,
shielded the entrance
on both sides of the road
from the sights and sounds
of passing traffic. 

Forbidden as a child
to go beyond this point
  alone,
I would go up to the corner
at night to watch
and listen.
Cars and trucks came
and went,
flashing lights, the buzz
of electricity,
a cacophony and symphony
of movement
to the beat of life.

And I would dream
of wandering
down that busy road
that flowed
in two directions
and visit intersections,
explore side streets, alley ways
and take in new vistas.

It wasn’t until I was a teenager
that I saw the wall
for what it was;
an ornamental facade
a  bulwark of
  the American Dream.
.

Submited by

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 15:41

Poesia :

No votes yet

poetpete

poetpete's picture
Offline
Title: Membro
Last seen: 4 years 15 weeks ago
Joined: 05/03/2011
Posts:
Points: 936

Add comment

Login to post comments

other contents of poetpete

Topic Title Replies Views Last Postsort icon Language
Poesia/Poetrix The disconnect 0 2.374 01/16/2014 - 19:53 English
Poesia/Poetrix off to the tropics 0 1.191 01/16/2014 - 19:52 English
Poesia/Poetrix An Artistic Endeavour 0 1.953 01/16/2014 - 19:50 English
Poesia/Poetrix Independence Day 0 1.387 05/22/2013 - 13:50 English
Poesia/Poetrix Living in the war zone 0 2.462 05/21/2013 - 12:14 English
Poesia/Poetrix Kitty Cushion 0 1.464 05/08/2013 - 11:39 English
Poesia/Poetrix prelude 0 1.949 05/08/2013 - 11:37 English
Poesia/Poetrix Herding A Migrating Mob of Lemmings 0 1.777 05/08/2013 - 11:34 English
Poesia/Poetrix Spring is near 0 1.755 05/07/2013 - 17:35 English
Poesia/Poetrix Bikes 0 1.628 05/07/2013 - 17:24 English
Poesia/Poetrix Guns R' US 0 1.662 05/07/2013 - 17:22 English
Poesia/Poetrix Recurring Nightmare 0 1.371 05/07/2013 - 03:41 English
Poesia/Poetrix The American Celebrity 0 1.717 05/07/2013 - 03:38 English
Poesia/Poetrix Integrals Of An Irrational Function 0 1.442 05/07/2013 - 03:37 English
Poesia/Poetrix October's End 0 1.490 11/16/2012 - 00:26 English
Poesia/Poetrix Occupy Wall Street 0 1.788 09/25/2012 - 17:39 English
Poesia/Poetrix Lost Poem 0 1.563 07/26/2012 - 12:41 English
Poesia/Poetrix Banished 0 1.818 07/26/2012 - 12:41 English
Poesia/Poetrix OPAL 0 1.408 07/23/2012 - 15:16 English
Poesia/Poetrix On Pens and Needles 0 1.565 07/01/2012 - 14:15 English
Poesia/Poetrix The Gate 0 1.296 06/16/2012 - 15:41 English
Poesia/Poetrix Do not feed the beast 0 1.865 06/15/2012 - 17:18 English
Poesia/Poetrix The Ho-Hum 0 1.781 06/15/2012 - 17:16 English
Poesia/Poetrix Hello Kitty 0 1.655 04/27/2012 - 14:43 English
Poesia/Poetrix Buy Partisan (a disconnected dichotomy) 0 1.844 04/24/2012 - 18:38 English