Better to go lightly on that page
It has shattered glass
Among the ruined grass.
Move along in quick time
Past the pain markers --
Crimson dripped on navy.
Go lightly past the sparkling gems
That mirror failure
In multi-faceted mockery.
Toast to trials, hold your glass high
Beneath the fire escape, a mask worn on each landing
A life re-made at every turn.
Go lightly down that avenue
Where Holly's hurt spread thick fingers
Into heartache and split the muscle open.
Wait in the rain
For a cat that must return
Call into the alleys along the dream street.
Lift the lids on all the dumpsters stinking of despair
All the while sniffing hope
Under the coffee grounds.
Listen for the voice
Of cat calling
In return to Holly's blues.
Listen as his voice fades
Beneath the storm
While Holly weeps.
Weeps among the alley ends
Until she crumples
Mean reds flaring around her basic black life.
Touch the color of Holly's blues
Feel her sorrow
In pulse of neon.
Against your ear
Hold Holly while she weeps.
©Copyright 2007-2014 Margaret Flint Suter. All Rights Reserved.Based on the book Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote and the Hollywood film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.
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Second Place winner, Poemeleon Poetry Journal
Runner Up, Poemeleon Poetry Journal
Bio: Margaret Flint Suter served her country in the U.S. Navy as a cryptologic technician. She now serves up tantalizing stories and poems to her many readers -- both children and adults. A doting mother and grandmother, Suter embraces many worthy causes that contribute to the betterment of humanity.