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The Streetlight Corner

February 20, 2011
By Binte SILVER, -, Other
Binte SILVER, -, Other
5 articles 0 photos 33 comments

Waiting at the streetlight corner
We saw him strut towards the door
An 'open' sign which indicated
All could go except the poor

We gazed through the window glass
Specially painted to let us know
Pleasant treats were being offered today
At prices which were more than low

Still beyond our reach they were
The cakes that we so badly craved
While others rushed inside the shop
They couldn’t believe how much they saved

While Minnie failed to understand
She only savored smelt and saw
Not knowing why we couldn’t buy
The smoothie with the fancy straw

I held her hand and let her cry
For a cake that was a chocolate brown
Frosty icing on the sides
And sapid syrup streaming down

Scrumptious smells began to reach
The streetlight corner where we stood
And taking in the taste I thought
How anything could be so good

Delightful cream and cinnamon sweets
Were brought to life before our eyes
And just when I was full enough
Came treacle fudge and apple pies

We watched the people inside the shop
A few tables where they sat and ate
Bread with jam and golden honey
Half of which they'd always waste

Then with steaming cups in hand
Coffee spilling on the floor
They rushed out already late for work
Trying to bang a swinging door

I watched till my heart’s content
So did Minnie by my side
With teary eyes and a doleful face
She asked if we could go inside

Turning around and pulling her close
I bent to whisper in her ear
A promise that I always made
As she wiped another tear

I told her now was not the time
Nor was it our lifelong fate
The misfortune and ordeal would end
Someday I’d make a change so great

I told her things aren’t always good
That life is hardly ever fair
But I would lift that burden off
Someday I’d fill the silverware

I told her just to wait and bear
The pain would clear and the tears would stop
Someday we’d glance at the streetlight corner
From somewhere far inside that shop

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on Sep. 20 2014 at 1:46 am
HafsaAhmed PLATINUM, Karachi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
I don't believe in angry arguments , I believe in silent revenge.

Revenge doesn't merely means hurting others, it sometimes mean being a better person than you were yesterday.

I absolutely love it!!!!

Binte SILVER said...
on Oct. 9 2012 at 3:17 pm
Binte SILVER, -, Other
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thank you :)

on Sep. 29 2012 at 4:31 pm
DanceOfBlades PLATINUM, Springfield, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first Law of Equivalent Exchange."

Your writing, I've read all three of your poems, and it's really mastery! You incorporate lessons so intricately and beautifully, it's so flawless! I truly wish I had talent like you. Keep up your magnificent work!

Binte SILVER said...
on May. 11 2011 at 2:58 pm
Binte SILVER, -, Other
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thank you so much , i really appreciate the encouragement :)

on May. 9 2011 at 8:49 pm
Ineedsleep SILVER, Marshfield, Massachusetts
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I can't believe you are a tennager 0.o I am too and I'm so impressed by all of your work! It's amazing! don't stop writing. I love the twists at the end too

on Mar. 27 2011 at 1:16 am
enchanted4yu PLATINUM, Calabasas, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon"

love the poem and especially the ending