BEASTLY BEAUTY

ALWAYS A BIT OF CULTURE SHOCK WHEN I RETURN TO PHILLY

Big city late night smogging
Human volcano awaiting
Final intolerance of life
Neighborhood via drugs degrading

Nominally safe inside row home
Dangling a keychain of pepperspray
Alone while sons at work today
Overactive imagination spirals away

Back home in humid Florida
Gators move prehistorically
Searching for mates in yards and swamps
Devoid of any sensuality

Here in my old hometown Philly
Human hoards do the same
Cruising in cars, buses and subways
Any-cost sex, biological imperative aim

Inside I strum guitar and read
While some sad soul screams outside
Teetering between two realities
Alone on a great divide

Where is the truth
Worthy to compare?
Or is beauty hidden
Everywhere…?

(c) 2019 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE: M.C. Escher, Still Life & Street

2 comments

  1. Graphic, poignant: a confrontation with the animal basics of human behaviour that leads to the ultimate crossing for all life, and reflection on true meaning. Wish I had some answers, Clarissa, but anyway, it’s worth asking the questions. A great read.

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  2. Thank you, Steve. I question so much now that I am aging. Love and peace for all? Hardly. Yet I still feel compassion amid the annoyance. Anyway, it was a good vacation once I adapted to the noise 😁

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