under the freeway

© 2019 by Tommi Avicolli Mecca


they tossed them

into the trash truck

his original music

his possessions

the little he had

in this world

tossed them into

the cold metal

teeth that ripped and

crushed them

while he was in

the emergency room

they may as well

have tossed his life

he was still waiting

for housing when

he died in his tent

under the freeway

a veteran

70 years old

now out of sight 

out of mind

the neighbors can

rest easily

the businesspeople

make more dough

the politicians pass 

more laws to take away 

the music

the possessions 

the life of a 70 year old

dead in his tent

under the freeway