Who am I to play the ponderous observer,
sitting here on the patio of a plush restaurant,
having eaten an overpriced salad,
imagining my calories sumptuously slide by
in smug gustatory content,
and getting buzzed on craft beer
while watching suburban life pass,
above the plashy roar of a flawless fountain?
This is not LA.
This is not a methadone withdrawal
or a return to the streets
after the sync of incarceration’s rhythm.
This is a frightening freedom squandered by the free.
You are not free.
You and I walk in tremulous chains,
cybernetically sealed to another,
the great opaque that wants to nail us
gripped to rusted metal and splintered wooden cross
of slamming bars and broken people,
dragged down the rabbit hole
of small minded manicured degradation
and gargantuan monstrous hate.
I want to scream at them as they stroll by,
selfies for two underneath the fountain:
You don’t know what seethes beneath you,
everywhere there is misery abounding!
The ignorance of bliss astounds me.
I was there.
I have returned there.
What can I do to keep them a’wing,
those born to suffer and cycle their lives
through bars and pain and hurt,
knowing nothing but blind beatings
of bedraggled flightless wings,
rejection and disengagement,
love lost and forlorn,
never gaining a step ahead of themselves?
Desperate yowling dogs hound me,
howling out my name–Impostor.
I hear it and cower,
hiding beneath the blankets of my lonely comfort
of a solitary bed in the safety of my unkempt room
like the mind of its inhabitant,
I want to transcend but cannot muster it.
I see the will in its distant form.
I feel the stirrings.
I smell smoke and I cave,
whipped with carcinogenic wickedness.
I cannot contain myself.
I am not the wrong target
for systematized paralyzed equalized
misfortune of the sick and tired,
the sick and poor,
the sick of it all.