ISSUE 1: SUMMER 2015 / POETRY

“On The Block”

BY JIMMY “JIMBO” RECINOS

When the sun falls

And the shadows take over

Behind rusting bars,

Homes sit humbly,

Heartbeats marked only by snippets of dim blue pulsing.

Outside their peeling adobe,

The wind just trots,

But inside,

The television blares:

“WAR
RAPE
AND
DISASTER
ARE
IMMINENT
AND
NEAR
YOU.”

Yet when the night passes

And the sunlight returns,

No matter how loud the television screeches

Of a world falling further apart,

Children still emerge from the adobe to come out and play.

Understanding easily what so many of their elders never will:

How the world is not so doomed,

As the youth breathe a better planet

Through the brilliance of their smiles

And the roaring triumph of their laughter.

Jimmy Recinos is the editor-in-chief of JIMBO TIMES, also known as The L.A. Storyteller.

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