Paul Curtiss, US




Free Verse with Random Rhyme


Under the 18th Street Bridge


Broken beer bottles, crinkled-crushed cans, and burger foils
nest among the tangled driftwood.
Grey goose droppings litter the path.

Nettled thistles, orphaned needles, and shopping bags
cloister between jagged, ragged rocks.
Splintered, past pilings rise above the stream.

Flittered flutters, chipped chirps, and swallow tweets
team amid the graffiti splattered beams.
Mated mallards glide through the muddy water.

Clinketies, clumpetyies, and thumpetty-thumps
dash, pass across the concrete overhead.
I shed my clothes and shiver.









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