by Leslie Noyes

Standing tall and proud
Voices raised in joyful praise
An anthem for us

Outside looking in
The disenfranchised hear but
An anthem for some

Until all are free
The lyrics are merely words
An anthem for none

The Wall

way beyond the outer fence
where the people seldom go
live gnarly gnomes and frightful elves
my mother told me so.

we live within the shelter
erected in far distant years
against grave dangers present
the source of all their fears.

some day i’ll venture out there
past the barriers they’ve set
to find my fortune or my death
or perhaps to pay our debt

for it seems a wall this sturdy
built ’round our country lost
was not to keep the others out
but us in at any cost
Praying for Eyebrowz Copyright 2015 by Leslie Noyes.

City Girl/Country Girl

City girl always
dresses for dinner,
has drinks at six
at a cafe
by the river.

Country girl still
cooks biscuits
and gravy each
Sunday morning for
breakfast with family.

Come live here
in the big metroplex
City Girl pleads
to her rustic

We’ll dance ’til dawn,
and see the sights
chitchat with
politicians and rich

No thanks, said the
Country Girl, I’m
happy out here,
but you come see me
and we’ll share a beer.

I’ll fry up a chicken
with all of the fixings
then we’ll sit on
the porch and solve
all the world’s issues.

I think I’ll pass,
City Girl said
I don’t think I’m
suited for a life
that’s so bland.