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Poems by Richard Schnap

DREAM HOME

She saved up her money

To buy a dollhouse

As a gift when she turned thirteen

 

That was almost a replica

Of her parent’s mansion

Even decorated with similar antiques

 

But unlike the one

With her father’s rage

And her mother’s addiction to pills

 

This one was hers

A world of her own

To pretend she was someone else

 

RETIREMENT

For years he had stood

On the cold sidewalk

Begging for change

 

Saying “God bless you”

To all that passed

Even if they gave nothing

 

But then one day

He arrived to find

A young man in his place

 

And he knew he was done

As he wandered off

To whatever fate was waiting

 

ETERNAL FLAME

He had plastic flowers

That would never wither

Like a failed romance

 

And pewter statuettes

Of famous landmarks

He might never see

 

And a mechanical cat

To keep him company

Without growing old

 

And when he passed on

He hoped they’d have meaning

For somebody else


Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.

 

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