2nd and 14th

"Frozen in Time"


Humanity in a frozen corner

wrapped in newspaper, street goosedown

aching feet in slip on rags

the cold burns into a slow sleepyness

muscles jerk and kick as cramps coil tight

humanity lying under neon messages

we're open

hands and feet cracked and bleeding

bones reeking on cold empty concret

Humanity in a frozen corner

yesterdays trash

ready to be picked up.

J. Stephens