Poetry Submission by Holly Lock

Holly Lock is an English student at Ryerson University, and has used the downtown Toronto atmosphere as an inspiration in this piece. The use of stanza length is really gripping here, fading away with the narrator and fragmenting itself line by line in a manner that leaves an apparent yet distant image of the homeless.


A rancid limb extends
out of Bay Street
clutching with grimy
fingerprints the dejected
corpse of a paper cup

the cadaver attached to it
breathing saltily
behind the greying nest
on his chin

my high heels clack
away the seconds of a worthless
life, in passing

I lower my eyes
in silent prayer to my hideous greed


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