Wake and Cry

wake and cry
wake and cry
feral children play hide and seek
behind the stacks of old musty books

warm waterfall, City Lights awning
sheets of water tease
we dance the dance of wild children
full of mischief, doing what we please

wake and cry
Mama struggles daily
hoping the streets don’t swallow
her children, she tracks their every movement
when she can

filling pockets with nickels
In exchange for rhythmic chops to the shoulder
encouragements comes in stern warnings
follow a straight path

don’t lie,
don’t cheat
don’t steal

wake and cry
wake and cry
Mama struggles daily
to get the kids off to school

two squares like it or not
on special days lunch comes
hand delivered in a paper bag
whispers of sorrow pinned to the side

wake and cry
Mama struggles daily
to stand
to walk
to eat

peace comes with the kiss of daylight
sweet shallow puffs of air
children grown
at her side
wake and cry

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