Forgotten

**The above picture is mine taken at Matlock Beach Manitoba last summer**
I wander through streets
littered with debris.
I see children with hollow eyes
scavaging in the gutters.
I see women who have given up hope
who must use their bodies
solely so they can feed their children.
Those same children I watched
catch and kill a rat,
than cook it over an open flame.
I see men
so disillusioned with the world
that the smell of alcohol
seeps from their very pores
as they self-medicate.
Pride has been stripped from the people
dignity has been unraveled
in place a pious disregard
by others in the human race.
©Jay-lyn Doerksen

Unbidden Tears

Back to the wall

shadows creeping in closer

watching the covered figure sleep.

She slides down the wall

tears seeping unbidden.

Restless, the figure stirs, mumbling in its sleep

the words indistinguishable beneath the sighs

Tossing and turning sudden sounds of fear

and still she watches.

The blackness begins to creep throughout the room

covering the figure on the bed

The woman stands trying to claw her way free

but there is to be no release.

Bowing her head she gives into the shadows

allowing the feelings of hatred, despair

loathing and disregard for her well being

To find the toe holds and chinks in the armour.

The figure on the bed turns, and she beholds herself

wrapped in a cocoon of black shadows

of feelings so strong, so torrential

and still unbidden tears do seep.

 

©Jay-lyn Doerksen February 2017