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Eight Mile NCD Northeast (Dirty 8)


| An entry in the Crocodile Prize Poetry Award

Tis a dry and dusty world
where no running water flows
Children and dogs
always at play

Among the market tables
where brown grass grows
Young men play cards all day
smoke weed every night
Every weekend, it's a bottle of steam
And everyone dreams
about a life that did not go right

More than a boulevard of broken dreams
hard fought resilience and harsh poverty
Here live thugs, drugs, nobodies and misfits
There’s no nobility at the bottom of society

Food is scarce and a wasa is rare
Child abuse is commonplace
And we sit and light up
bored men with no luck
A battered woman's screaming
fills the night air


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Bernard Corden

Maybe H8 Mile

Michael Dom

Agreed Phil.

Tychicus has a good style for expressing his observations.

Less said, more shown.

We are sitting next to him waiting for the day to die in dust and smoke.

More please.

Philip Fitzpatrick

That's a very good poem Tychicus.

Stark and minimalist with just the right level of imagery.

Reminds me of the poetry of Stephen Crane.

The only minor criticism is the use of the archaic 'tis'. I think 'its' would work as well and fit the rest of the poem better.

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