Sunday, July 20, 2014

at the end of every summer

When you are a kid, you do not worry about things like work and bosses and bills. How nice.

photo by dsnake1

at the end of every summer...

sometimes at night we hear the sound of metal
against metal and in the morning there will be
blood on the asphalt, the gravel. maybe a parang
on the railroad tracks. and when nights got sweaty
there's the thump of running feet through thin walls
and we know the plainclothes are on a raid. if we mind our
stuff, don't be curious, poke our noses out, we will be okay.

and in the day, we village kids gather together
to play at adults. we play 'police and thieves'
and we bring our own toy guns and bats and knives
so most of the time nobody wants to be the thieves
because if you are caught you wait ages in the sun
for comrades to tag and rescue you, if they come at all
and also the cops love to manhandle you when you're caught.

oh yes and that was police brutality before it became news.


At the end of every summer you can't
remember the last time you wore pants.


from "Amy Check On My Square Inch of Land" by Farrah Field

The title is a line from the above poem. This is a prompt from the Bibliomancy Oracle. It can work in mysterious ways.

Shared on Poetry Pantry #210 at Poets United.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2014

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Blogger Sumana Roy said...

children are always wise and have a sixth sense...

21 July, 2014 00:50  
Blogger Mary said...

Ha, I would much prefer the childhood game to life's reality in this regard. No loss of life!

21 July, 2014 02:02  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

I can hear the running footsteps outside at night.....and love the picture of the children playing at being adults during the day. Smiled at the "last time I wore pants" line........

21 July, 2014 02:13  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

Very scary, and well written. We never played cops & robbers!! We played army or cowboys and indians... we were never captured we were just killed. Getting captured or maimed was an adult reality/nightmare for me.
I liked your photo and "not wearing pants" in the summer :-)
Always a pleasure reading your stuff!

21 July, 2014 03:48  
Blogger Nataša Dolenc said...


21 July, 2014 04:15  
Blogger Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

The loss of innocence. Poignant verse today!

21 July, 2014 04:29  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

when i think about some of the games we played growing was our reality...and scary and sad that kids learn to play games by what they see as that times...

21 July, 2014 23:35  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


oh yes! :)


but then, the child grows up and becomes an adult. :(


i spent much of my childhood in a shanty town (somewhat like a favela, if you are following the world cup.), so there's lots of odd things going around. :)


we were not as wild as you and your gang, killing your playmates. :D
the photo is part of a wall mural on a pedestrian underpass in the city center. i am pretty civilised now, taking photos and writing stuff. :)
always looking forward to read your comments.


it's quite scary at times, that place i used to lived in when i was a kid. it's a hotbed for vice and other unpleasant activities. i wrote this poem recalling the times spent there.


we were pretty street-smart. :)

21 July, 2014 23:41  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


it's scary, isn't it? children are always impressionable, so it's like walking a tightrope.

21 July, 2014 23:58  

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