The Poetry Corner with Keith Kelly’s The American Dream

Good morning everyone! This week I’d like to introduce a newcomer to the Poetry Corner, Keith Kelly, and his poem, The American Dream. Let’s get to know him a little.

About the Poet:

Keith Kelly holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. His written work has been published in several issues of Common Sense 2, A Journal of Progressive Thought, as well as several issues of CC&D magazine and in two CC&D books of poetry and prose. He has authored Shop Side, a novel, and A Day with You Poetry Collection and The American Dream Poetry Collection.

Recently offered a publishing contract for his second novel entitled, “Tomorrow is August 12th.”

The American Dream by Keith Kelly

She boarded the train,

looked back and waved at me.

A smile stretched across her face

hiding her pain.

As the train disappeared down the track

I cried a tear or two.

She ain’t coming back,

somehow I just knew.

Lost my job a couple of months ago.

The factory ain’t producing so they let me go.

I did my best, the best I knew.

The bank didn’t care

they never do.

I took what little I had

bought some new boots

went to the construction site

showed em what I could do.

Foreman said I can use ya,

but I ain’t payin much.

“That’s alright,” I said.

“Ain’t much is enough.”

Back hurtin at night when I lay down,

calloused hands,

my spirit beaten down.

My feelings and beliefs

I pull from deep within

looking for some relief

from the hope I breathe in.

There ain’t no American Dream.

They sold it we bought it.

I ain’t buying it no more.

It’s their scheme.

My American dream has died in the dust.

There ain’t one

for the blue collar man.

It failed me sir, now what do I trust.

Text Copyright © 2012 Keith Kelly

Awesome poem, Keith! Thank you so much for joing us today. 🙂

For those insterested in reading more of Keith’s poems, please check out his contact links below.

If you’re interested, or know someone who would like to befeatured here, please send me an email at cpbialois@gmail.com. Thank you all so much for stopping by. 🙂

Contact Keith Kelly:

Twitter: @KellyDarrow1

Facebook

Website

Contracted with Fountain Blue Publishing

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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One Response to The Poetry Corner with Keith Kelly’s The American Dream

  1. edireland says:

    Strong, great visuals and kinda touched base on a personal level. Well done!

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