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Issue 2 Poetry

His Life Remembered

An evening

stormy.

A walk

alone.

lights

fluorescent

reflect off the raindrops

Of a city

dying

in desperation.

angst.

Our eyes,

windows,

meet

A moment

his face is carved by both freedom

sweet

and sadness.

Bitter.

His world

Without

is hopeless

torture,

a never-ending search

In vain

for life and

Living.

The two are different.

Homelessness

A condition

A loneliness

A struggle

No one

sees.

Or rather cares to.

Is he on this pilgrimage because 

family, love,

warmth

have deserted him?

Leaving him cold?

Did 

his 

career 

end 

or

Did

his

dying path of drugs and alcohol

begin?

Grass grows through the cracks

wounds

of a decaying city.

The hardest pathway

treacherous

is living

enduring

the freedom

air

is what draws

out

Life.

Gratitude.

Before we

strangers

pass

forever

I

unknowing

want his knowledge

wisdom

for he

strong

has tasted

has battled

Failure.

Betrayal.

Afraid of my destiny

doom

as we stare for one temporary second.

Fleeting.

The dark lonely man disappears into the youthfulness

of my

Own

past.

Yesterday.

Has anyone thought of him

resilient

the way my reflection gives

recognizes

Purpose?

Rights?

By Carl Scharwath

Carl Scharwath, has appeared globally with 150+ journals selecting his poetry, short stories, interviews, essays, plays or art photography. (His photography was featured on the cover of 6 journals.) Two poetry books - 'Journey To Become Forgotten' (Kind of a Hurricane Press) and 'Abandoned' (ScarsTv) - have been published. His first photography book was recently published by Praxis. Carl is the art editor for Minute Magazine, a competitive runner, and a 2nd degree black-belt in Taekwondo.