Little Faces of Harvey

In this urban free verse, “Little Faces of Harvey.”

A poem to the vulnerable children of whom has suffered an immessurable amount of devastation at the loss of their mothers and fathers at the hands of the hurricane Harvey. My heart goes out to them, a free verse poetry and digital art piece.

Little Faces Behind Harvey

Free Verse Poetry: Little Faces of Harvey

Beyond the flower’s sweet fragrance,
Beyond the petals swaying gingerly in the breeze,
And the green stems, and floating leaves,

Past the stucco walls, splattered with graffiti
Past the blaring music, playing rock and roll
“Born to Be Wild,”
Past the bells on bicycles, with long handle bars.

There on the edge of the corner drug store, you’ll
Find them, in tattered shirts and worn-out blue jeans
Peeking from around the corner,

You can follow their hungry eyes, over fly-buzzing, garbage
pits brimming with past lunches, past the cobblestone streets,

Watch as they eye those 2-people walking from the mini-mart,
Smartly dressed in color adorn with silver and gold, who look nothing like them.

The glaring sun throws their voracity upon small faces.
And this is what hunger looks like.

Maybe they’re searching for the hot day in September, when
loving arms have been stripped from them.

There’s wild scrambling sound
a scrawny, stray cat makes when he tips
over a garbage can searching for its next meal.

Maybe they’re looking back for a way back.
Maybe they want their daddy’s and mommy’s

(But for now) they’ve lost themselves
Behind the stucco walls, and the garbage cans, the endless
Searching from place to place, they’re

What’s left of devastation bitter ending of litter debris,
and thrashed flower petals in streets.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
| Little Faces of Harvey |
An urban free verse poetry

What is a Free Verse Poetry? Typically patterned by speech rather than meter, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Visual and sound effects are often employed.  It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.

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20 thoughts on “Little Faces of Harvey

  1. Pingback: Urban Poetry: Little Faces of Harvey – The Militant Negro™

  2. I could not stop looking at the art piece. Every time I look at it, I see something I have not seen before.
    The poem can apply to child poverty in general. The dissonance between the people in color and those kids peering out from behind the walls was craftily illustrated!

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