Morning in Detroit | By: Piper Davenport | | Category: Short Story - Life Bookmark and Share

Morning in Detroit

On a hidden cul-de-sac, silent streets hide cold colonials from the common sway of ringing bells. Springtime with wilted roses, pouring down death onto ruthless peace. Death tricks struggling babies into believing its icy dreams, but they know better. Their dry, brown faces dance to the hand of flames in their bones that bring empty-night loneliness bowing down to the Devil's knock, hiding underneath faint dustballs. They think there is beauty in their yards, less the faint dustballs fall like silk curtains in a Humpty Dumpty world of cold colonials. Not even the destruction of April showers can end the empty-night loneliness of the sidewalk. And what is worse: the cruel sting of slow-coming wilted roses or the climbing snarl of hatred from those dry, brown faces? Neither drowns in the rain like the melting tears of the struggling babies. Fate's slippery hand loosed its grip around the struggling babies whose parents roam the town's landscape, pushing the faint dustballs from their artificial lawns and into the eyes of those dry, brown faces just so their shaky unions could hide behind the cold colonials. Still, under the watchful eye of chipped trees, intoxicating wilted roses die with the everlasting grief of empty-night loneliness. The dread of coming home sours the empty-night loneliness as fate grieves for the lost, abandoned by the sidewalk. Struggling babies stolen too soon, innocence gone, safety shattered. Wilted roses then scream as bleeding thumbs pluck them, missing the faint dustballs that awaken the morning town. Cold newspapers hit cold colonials but it doesn't change anything, especially on the dry, brown faces. I guess my hysterical longing for change scares those dry, brown faces who hide behind the sweeping darkness of empty-night loneliness. April showers sully the sidewalk but not the cold colonials, nor the echoing sound of delusional pain, the struggling babies stifling the tremble of fear passing over the faint dustballs into the clawing hands of black squirrels eating wilted roses that didn't make it this year. But as for those wilted roses they die but not as rapidly as the dry, brown faces who only come out now to observe the windless grass and faint dustballs. They don't even notice the receding cracks of the empty-night loneliness, howling under the moonlight along with those struggling babies. The dullness of their weary lives fading along with the cold colonials. In time, the sidewalk shrinks into the shadows of the empty-night loneliness. In the morning, the street will appear the same to those dry, brown faces who do not see the perfect sadness lurking behind those cold, cold colonials.
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