poetryrepairs #197 v14.02:017
TOMAR JACKSON : Land of Roses
CAROLE NELSON PHILLIPS : Choices of a Depressive
RICHARD VALLANCE : Les Chutes'[version française du poème en alinéa afin de faciliter la lecture]
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TOMAR JACKSON

Land of Roses
I grew up in Roseland. Mmmmmmm Rose Land.  The name seems to epitomize the epicenter of utopia. A wonderful place to raise your children and with panoramic views of lush green grass and roses and other aromatic flowers every color… . In my land of Roses Roseland is one of the deadliest inner-city neighborhoods on the Southside of Chicago. There, it is commonplace to see gang sergeants running drills with new foot soldiers as young as 5 years of age. Preparing them for the ongoing war…. Vice-lords Verses Gangster Disciples, Verses the Chicago Police Department, Verses all neutrons.  Where the drug dealers are seen as super stars, the gangs were an extension of your siblings, the prostitutes were called aunty, and the drug addicts were our handy men . In my land of Roses We were one big happy community as it would seem, cramming to relax in the fleeting moments between the drive-by shootings. I was a kid, and this was my worldview In my land of Roses The seconds flow into minutes, we scuttle into the daily hum-drum of our lives, savoring the moments of peace when the sound of crickets and the gentle humming of the occasional car passing is the only noise pollution… until suddenly [Pow pow pow pop pow]  five thunderous gun shots ring out, women and children are hitting the floor crying; only God knows who in this very moment is dying In this my land of roses.

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CAROLE NELSON PHILLIPS
Choices of a Depressive
she could: uncork that bottle piss coloured sharp to the nose drink till she puddles at her feet take the man who wants her between her thighs to forget the one who doesn't draw thin metal across flesh till she drips from fingertips uncap a vial whisper prayers twist silver on her finger till sleep came dial a number on a white card

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RICHARD VALLANCE

Les Chutes'[version française du poème en alinéa afin de faciliter la lecture]
Les chutes arrivent à jouer tant de "blues" aux échos purs de saxophones razz-ma-tazz sons selon leurs cymbellines et toutes les feuilles d'érable détachées qui sont en chutes vermeilles si si nuancées pourtant moi je ne les ai pas décrites point moi, quel Seigneur est plus discret tout seul mais quelle solitude ?


poetryrepairs #197 v14.02:017

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REPAIR : resort, frequent or habitual going; concourse or confluence of people at or in a place; making one's way; to go, betake oneself, to arrive; return to a place; to dwell; to recover, heal, or cure; to renew; to fix to original condition.
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TOMAR JACKSON : Land of Roses
CAROLE NELSON PHILLIPS :Choices of a Depresive
RICHARD VALLANCE : Les Chutes'[version française du poème en alinéa afin de faciliter la lecture]

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