Penurious Patron

Penurious Patron …


Midnights when birds take flight, inhales feel deep like,

When words bear breadth, sometimes I don’t sleep right,

beneath these house lights, I hold tight, when I’m dodging death

no regrets in this life fight, outside mid-winter frostbite


I walk the white ladder on the blacktop, in the street spots,

The color pops, chain link fence for the blank lots, a line

Down my block, food kitchens in full swing, the tea’s hot,

The poor folk, ribs poked, in their eyes, a goldmine.


Every day, that horn blows, at the most ruinous time,

chalk lines pop for crackpots, some poor girl lost her way

It’s 6 am on the wake, wipe the night face, and the red lines,

From bedtime outline the ways in the hours prayed.


One day at a time I should say, take the 7 train,

Midtown bound each day, suit and tie, a façade,

its bedtime for late-nighters, as the heavens wane,

around my panes, now center screen, the acts of God.


His protocols for those who can afford those hues,

But I find Him wearing, less flashy that’s all

Maybe a cloud or two for those poor folks who

Don’t have their walls or air conditioning installed.


I put my clothes on like everyone else does

grateful for sure, but conscious of where my star rose,

Though those people’s maladies are superfluous

Their origins are at least worthy of some pros.


The jungle knows when such words come to bear,

when the rot of failure permeates the stagnant air

and one dream collapsed in the inferno’s flare

is all it takes for reality to translate into despair.


I pass by the benches where life was removed,

And the mollusk unshelled consigned to its husk

With blankets tattered and clothing reused

the hope scarpers gone south on the wing gathered dusk


Are they lesser than us? You know they come from the same rocks,

The same rocks we stomp our feet on, the same way, on the same blocks,

Same clocks we keep in our heads, the same props, same spot,

At the end game, the king and the pawn, go into the same box*


Money is time and only God has the budget,

The plans to covet, to help such people from the dungeons

But they need to want it, to outrun the judgments

To stop being a puppet and break free from the clutches.


9 to 5 with their faces on the floor, the doors open

The world looking at them like an ocean flowing

All they’re interested in is smoking or doping

Overdosing in the moment, hopelessness like this poem


In the darkened hours, I’ve made more than just friends

In public houses on the mend, as patron pipes burn long

With songs of merriment, in melodies without end,

The world streamlines, in a simple moment where they belong.


Though harsh is reality, in the hungover hours,

Between the showers where tears fall and pool on the floor

Withdrawal is not hyperbole, but an evil power,

Where sadness trumps thought, and devils wait at the door.

penurious patron


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Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

8 thoughts on “Penurious Patron

  • November 14, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    No, sugar-coating in this powerful poem about a penurious patron. Great work, Paul.

    • November 14, 2019 at 10:42 PM

      Thank you John really appreciate your kind words.

  • November 15, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Well done, Paul. I love your boldness in going right to the core of issues and penning your thoughts so openly. Kudos.

    • November 16, 2019 at 7:25 PM

      Thank you Phyllis. I know in poetry sometimes you should leave something to the imagination, I feel that sometimes it is better to not beat around the bush and get to the point. I feel bad for some of these homeless people almost like they are not being afforded that second chance. Some do and some dont deserve another shot.

  • November 17, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    I enjoy jumping into these deep issues with you. I also enjoy your grasp on Rhythm. Well penned Paul keep up the good work. Jamie

    • November 22, 2019 at 1:07 PM

      Jamie thank you so much for your kind words. I always try to be on rhythm sometimes it works…sometimes it doesnt. Lol. Thanks again

  • November 19, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    As always you have given me something to ponder on… awesome work here Paul.

    • November 22, 2019 at 1:08 PM

      Kurt thank you so much as always. I’m glad you enjoyed it.


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