No Sleeping Under Stares by Celia Turner

Celia Turner | Dec 9th, 2022 | poetry | 2 Comments

Poem

4 people died of exposure last week sleeping in their cars.
The shopping cart is full and discarded in the snow.
You learn to sleep under stairs.
She told them to smoke their marijuana somewhere else.

The shopping cart is full and discarded in the snow.
She has 3 children near who won’t take her in.
They told they/them to smoke their marijuana somewhere else.
Boundaries can be fluid lines.

She has 3 children near who can’t take her in.
Some people believe poverty is a crime committed on the poor.
Boundaries are fluid lines.
He plays songs on a 3 string guitar.

Some people believe poverty is a crime committed by the poor.
She has 3 more missing front teeth.
He plays songs on a 2 string guitar.
No, you cannot have the quart of juice.

He has 2 more missing front teeth.
They pace relentlessly in traffic with professional My child has cancer signs.
No, you cannot have the cup of juice.
Electric budget billing is $250 a month.

They pace relentlessly in traffic with professional My child has cancer signs.
His black pit bull sticks close to the bicycle.
Gas budget billing is $450 a month.
She fed 2 of the 3 hot meals to the dog.

His black pit bull sticks close.
4 people die from exposure sleeping in their cars.
She feeds all of the hot meals to the dog.
You learn to sleep under stars.

Poet Bio

Celia Turner is a Loveland published poet in the Northern Colorado Writers annual anthology and winner of the 2020 Denver Women’s Press Club Unknown Writer’s Contest. She regularly studies poetry, takes workshops and classes. The Grind online practice of a poem submitted to a random participating group each month has been a boon.

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2 thoughts on “No Sleeping Under Stares by Celia Turner”

  1. Brilliant absolutely brilliant! Touches my soul with the strong message portrayed.

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