Under lamps as tall as trees
And loud or laughing conversations buzzing like bees,
There lies an old grey street.
Many a car and pedestrian
Has its cracked sidewalks and faded line-paint seen,
And policemen, gazes keen.
Small children playing ball
As mothers yell warnings, using full names and all,
Summer sun, bright and hot.
But not just as a playground
Has its purpose served, but also drug-dealer spots
And beds for bums, minus cots.
The people wear old eyes,
Jaded, faded, and worn with time's desperate cries,
Aged beyond rightful age.
Slow steps walk the street,
Shuffling and dragging like nowhere is worth going,
Dull sky and lifeless world;
Even the yellow paint is cheerless, even if it's curled
In its sharp, winding turns.
Hope is scarce, love more so
And kindness is a thing forgotten in the distant past,
Hiding from people harassed.
These are the grey streets
That crisscross our cities, rain coming down in sheets,
Poverty reigning just as heavy.
The fear is hard to grasp
When you're from a background and home like mine,
Where safety is benign.
So many different realms
Can exist in the very same city! The change overwhelms
And awakens us to reality.
Looking into the recent past,
So calloused to – and ignorant of – life's reality we've become;
We've become so very numb.
What is life really like outside
Our own little personal worlds? What could one little stride
Have changed if it was wrong?
Life's details and how we cope
With what we endure – these are what seem to decide our fate,
And if the path we walk will be straight.