The kid thought invisible
walking no man’s land
behind the houses lining Capen St.
through  the woods – not real woods
scattering of thin trees and underbrush.
The kid thought journey
path from one backyard
behind others to dead end dirt road.
Kid walked this trail
not sidewalk – not in sight of
all those curtained windows
to friend’s house
the younger kid
whose parent’s wonder why
fourth grader plays with second
wonders what’s wrong with this kid.
It’s the little house, the kid likes,
on the dead-end – besides the over grown field.
The kid lives in an apartment in a house of six
apartments      dreams of living in a house
no sounds of doors opening
slamming shut          no sounds
of footsteps up stairs down
voices behind the walls.
The kid wants green and sky outside the windows
not brickwall back of market
gravel driveway cuts between
cars crunch crunch outside the kid’s window
Kid wants air to breathe
Eve Rifkah is editor of the literary journal Diner and co-founder of Poetry Oasis, Inc., a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education, promoting local poets and publishing Diner. Poems have or will appear in Bellevue Literary Review, The MacGuffin, 5 AM, Parthenon West, newversenews.com, poetrymagazine.com, Chaffin Journal, Porcupine Press, The Worcester Review, California Quarterly, ReDactions, Jabberwock Review, Southern New Hampshire Literary Journal and translated into Braille. Her chapbook At the Leprosarium won the 2003 Revelever chapbook contest. At this time she is a professor of English at Worcester and Fitchburg, State Colleges and a workshop instructor. She received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College and lives with her husband, poet Michael Milligan.
Mark Lamoureux Lois Marie Harrod Sam Silva Eve Rifkah Christopher Barnes Roger Singer David McLean