Sunday, May 20, 2012

G. Emil Reutter- A Poem

I travel the road

dark battered
lights dim, tarnished moon
crows cackle

bloom mist
falls, road
jars unopened
pealed rots

under trees empty canopy
one bud
I travel the road
look, listen
walk as sun rises
view falls

on the corner of 13th and Chestnut
a vet stands on titanium
cup empty
grateful nation doesn’t cry


fades as invisible unemployment
lines fill cyber space
university graduates hold
empty diplomas

eighty one homicides in my city
in eighty four days
and no one protests
as the blood soaked sun sets

I travel this road
under setting sun as
dim moon rises
daffodils limp fall
to ground
fruit rots
crows cackle
empty cup
on ground
shots fired
hope dissipates
promise unfulfilled

g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia. Eight collections of his poetry and prose have been published. In 2007 he founded The Fox Chase and Fox Chase Reading Series. You can find him at

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