The Gap Between

Charlie's Story


The Gap Between

Stories swirl in a cyclone of loose leaf,
disregarded sentences—
carelessly tossed aside—
litter our streets with anecdotes and
tall tales of
sadness and gloom,
and we are all so afraid of the words tossed around;
these reflections of society.

Two blocks down,
in the district known as
Cardboard City—
where no one walks on their own
after dark,
for fear of coming face to face with this
disease called homelessness—
shelters built out of boxes
settle on beds made from fear,
and the unwanted words of those who have,
blanket the night
for those who have not.



The challenge my writing group has given me this week is to write seven short stories or poems, inspired by Queen songs. I love this challenge because I’m a huge fan of Queen. The only difficulty is narrowing it down to seven. We can use lyrics from the song, or simply be inspired by the song and build on that. I’ll share my writings over the next few days.

So, onto the first one. I chose the song ‘Innuendo’ because I love the message at its core. It’s a song about breaking down boundaries and living limitless lives. It’s about being accepting of others and fighting for what is right. Plus, it has an amazing flamenco guitar section. Anyway, here is my poem:



Babies born to babies
living on minimum wage,
failed by education;
a system that doesn’t
care . . .

Where is the justice
for those who cannot speak?
Why the apathy
as we pass by the
bundles of people
under cardboard?

We have to keep on fighting,
surrender our egos . . .
The man at the top must lead
the way to love,
or hope cannot survive.
While we rule by blind madness and
the world will never be free,
while our lives are dictated by
false religion
our tempos fall out of
sync with goodness . . .

But you can be anything you want
to be
if we all come together,
stop living according to
race, colour, or
creed; lose our
entitlement greed,
be free to ourselves.

This is my
imploring you, give me
a reason to live or
and I’ll keep on fighting
till the end of time,
till the end of time.