STREET RATS by Jeffrey Littrell

Marcus closed the door behind him

muffling his stepfather’s shouting

taking the tenement steps two at a time

jolted awake by the morning sunshine


he waited for his sister at the corner

the  34th St. Gangstaville crew

watched from the other side

“ just run on to school, Dee, I’ll be right behind”


the streets are a concrete prison

no credit for time served

of a sentence undeserved

left fighting over scraps with vermin brothers


though no iron bars surround him

there’s no escape he’ll find

his efforts undermined

by those who profit from the tears of mothers


About digthroughlife

I am a fifty-three year old poet who also writes fiction. I worked twenty-three years for the USPS, though never enthusiastically. I am a member of French Writers Worldwide and have had several poems published in French and Spanish. I hold strong opinions on music, film, and human rights. Some of my influences are Charles Bukowski, Arthur Rimbaud, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Sylvia Plath, W.B Yeats, Bob Marley, William Blake, and Hunter S. Thompson. I'm an avid fan of the New York Yankees, Oakland Raiders, and Indiana Pacers. I like traveling by car. I enjoy seeing rock and alt-country bands in small venues. I hold a black belt in Taekwondo, but no longer spar due to injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident in 2005. I play acoustic guitar. I love Crown Royal whiskey and California Kush. Women are both the bane of my existence and all that sustains me. I believe strongly in the power of love and heartbreak. View all posts by digthroughlife

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