Heavy Footsteps

We sat after hours
with the drinks
getting warm and watery.
Alcohol gave
the conversation
dramatic purpose.
A kid,
just standing,
said, ”Staying alive”.

The cold stares confused,
then frightened him.
He was right, though.
When everything else
is sliced from the bone,

we want to be so much more.
We heap it
with dreams, desires, hopes,
promises and fiction.
It is so top-heavy,
it falls despite itself.
We knew that.
But the kid knew it too,
and he was
so damn young.

 

R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor.  He has been publishing poetry since 1972 in various poetry magazines. His web page is https://rgerryfabian.wordpress.com  He is the editor of Raw Dog Press https://rawdogpress.wordpress.com His novels, Memphis Masquerade , Getting Lucky (The Story) and Seventh Sense, are available at Smashwords and all other ebook publishers. His first book of published poems Parallels is available as an ebook and as a paperback at all major bookstores and on Amazon.as is his second book of published poems, Coming Out Of The Atlantic .