Poetry On Odyssey: Sallie Walked

Poetry On Odyssey: Sallie Walked

Everything was pretty from the upscale restaurants selling kale smoothies to the fancy apartments starting at $10,000.

Sallie walked in this place

Past the beautiful gardens

Past the lovely cafes

Filled with flowers so sweet and nice

That you could drown in their scent

Past the aesthetic fairy lights looming above

That she would eventually take a picture of

And put a filter over

And post on Instagram

Sallie walked past the Starbucks

And ordered a pumpkin spice latte

Sipping it as she strutted down the sidewalk

Cup in hand

She gawked at the macaroon shops

At the cute clothes

From Victoria’s Secret

At the new makeup samples from Sephora

At the windows filled with fidget spinners and lollipops

Sallie walked past the walls people took pictures in front of

Spray painted with cute art

Instead of graffiti

The streets were filled with white

And everything was pristine clean

Everything was pretty

From the upscale restaurants selling kale smoothies

To the fancy apartments starting at $10,000 for rent

And Sallie thought this place was wonderful

Sallie walked in this place unaware

Unaware of the silent evil

Brewing in construction sites and development projects

Unaware of the home

That was no longer the home

Of the local people who lived here

Unaware of the forced migration

To make room

For white hipsters in flannels and thick-rimmed glasses

Sallie walked in this place oblivious

Oblivious to the extinction of a culture

That was now replaced by another

If Starbucks counts as a culture

Oblivious to the increase in housing prices

To line the pocketbooks of the rich

And keep the poor at the margins

Oblivious to the fact

That pretty does not equate to good

An onlooker watched saddened

That she kind of liked it here too

That this was inevitable

That the opposite would lead to stagnation

And more poverty

That the people strolling here were ignorant to it all

And so she vowed

Not to be like them

Not to be like Sallie

So when she walked in this place

She would be aware

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Cover Image Credit: Pexels

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There is a line you should never cross and that is it.


The famous picture of the sailor kissing a woman was taken right on V-J Day, when Japan surrendered to the U.S. in World War II. For decades it was seen as a representation of how excited and relieved everyone was at the end of the war.

The picture touched the hearts of thousands as you could feel the overwhelming amounts of joy that came from the snap of the camera. While the woman in the picture died back in 2016 due to a struggle with pneumonia, the sailor just recently died on Feb. 17, 2019 at the age of 95.

Most people saw it as both a heartbreak and heartwarming that the couple that was once photographed were now together.

Other people saw differently.

There is a statue made of the picture that resides in Sarasota, Florida. Police found early Tuesday morning of Feb. 19, two days after the sailor's death, that someone had spray-painted #MeToo on the statue's leg in bright red.

As a woman, I strongly encourage those who have been sexually assaulted/abused in any way shape or form, to voice themselves in the best way they can. To have the opportunity to voice what they went through without being afraid. As a woman who has also been a victim of sexual assault and has been quiet for many years...

This act of vandalism makes me sick.

While the woman that was kissed by the sailor was purely kissed on impulse, she had stated in an interview with 'The New York Times' that, "It wasn't a romantic event. It was just an event of 'thank God the war is over.'"

People were celebrating and, as a sailor, that man was so over the moon about the war being over that he found the nearest woman to celebrate with.

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It helped me realize I wasn't alone.

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