Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Issue Twenty-one
Winter 2009
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in the calm days of poverty: we chill on the porch
Kenyatta Rogers

in the calm days of poverty: we chill on the porch     lived

with stray dogs    nosy neighbors    slumlords    thieves    pushers.

the couch is still covered with plastic like the lamps shades
skin sticking     sweat makers of the heat

brown bags lying over stained carpeting next to
the video games        wide screen        surround sound

Jesus stares out and might see the wooden kitchen utensils
hanging     on the wall     over wall paper     turned yellow

martini glasses boxed up for a special occasion     dog
runs around a dust patch     crock for water stays chill

the boys play     tackle football        no pads
girls jump doubledutch                    one boy

at night when the suntea is ready porch light attracts the flies       

About Kenyatta Rogers

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