Will you walk with me tonight?

by Rob Couteau

Published in:
Footwork: Paterson Literary Review,
spring 1993 (NJ: Paterson)

Will you walk with me tonight?

Edda, will you walk with me
in mad circles 
talking to the winos,
to the homeless,
to the drifters
     who sell their scraps
all up and down
the avenue?

Since you’ve been gone,
the cops have barricaded
the streets.
They’ve imprisoned the whores,
even confiscating
their pale
     gray souls
while your dying mother
moans in pain
and you march
under a Southern Cross.


 fine art

Updated: 20 June 2011 | All text Copyright © 2011 | Rob Couteau | key words: poems about prostitutes Southern Cross the homeless romance poetry illness