America Abroad & Glimpse

America Abroad

today I am in Asia
today I met a fat man from Australia
a nice bloke as they say
speaks of life and wonder
tells me how America is down and out
the carnival-the parade with candy and trumpets
with fireworks on the 4th of July
the doorbell always answered by a butler
with a full platter of a dream
the American dream

in awe of beauty
in awe of green-the deep green of the almighty dollar
in awe of trust-of hard work
of meaning
a life served garnished with edible gold

flags raised and lowered
and raised yet again
sustaining the winds of destruction
the agony of defeat

today that dream has ended
that perception has passed
today a fat man told me
“perception is reality”
today I can not argue with a fat man

waves in Asia and Australia crash into the beach sand
a world away morals and pride and character
crash into oblivion



I am the historian of my mind
Deep and dull
With bloodshot eyes
Skeletons buried
Smiling inside my soul

About Billy Harfosh

Billy Harfosh currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He is originally from Syracuse, New York. Billy was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1985 during the Lebanese civil war. He was adopted when he was 2 months old and moved to the United States. For the last year Billy has been writing in Southeast Asia. He continues to learn and grow from his surroundings. You can find his latest work published in Ardent! Poetry Journal and Bewildering Stories Magazine. He is currently working on his first collection of poems. Billy has no children no responsibilities and 1 suitcase, he hopes to keep it that way. Please email with any questions or comments.

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