Pushcart nominee Bruce McRae is a Canadian musician with over 900 poems published internationally, including Poetry.com, Rattle and The North American Review. His first book, 'An Unbecoming Fit of Frenzy', is available now via Amazon Books. To see and hear more poems go to 'BruceMcRaePoetry' on YouTube.
The pawn shop at the edge of town.
A pawn shop in the City of Screams,
nothing in its window but flyspecks and webs
and a handful of time remaining.
A pawn shop loaning out midnight
and the musty quiet of tombs.
Where all that's unwanted goes.
Where dreams die and rainbows end.
And something else, too, you can't put your finger on.
Peering inside you see little on the shelves
but oaths being thoughtlessly broken,
a bit of used moonlight going cheap,
a last remnant resembling anything like human dignity.
And a few tattered memories. A few doleful laments.