The Alley

Jill Angel Langlois

The Alley

In the dark fog of night,
in an alley in a forlorn neighborhood,
a boy is naked and crying.
His pants are around his ankles.
Four hands explore his bruised and trembling flesh.
His smothered sobs go unheard
by folks sleeping in apartments overhead.
He squeezes his eyes shut and wishes.
A large night owl swoops down
and grasps the boy in her comforting talons.
She flies him to the rooftop.
There she wipes his tears and clothes him with her wings.


Jill Angel Langlois grew up in Park Forest where she began writing short stories at the age of eight and poetry at the age of twelve. Her poems and short stories have appeared in literary magazines, anthologies and newspapers in the Chicagoland area as well as nationally. She holds a B.A. in English & American Literature from Governors State University, University Park, IL.

Scattered Petals, her first collection of poetry, explores the healing power of nature. Whiskey Nights, her second collection of poetry, is inspired by both whiskey and music. Excerpts from these collections can be found at Her poetry and short stories also appear on her blog: – The Writing Life.

Jill is currently writing a memoir entitled “Tell Me The Story,” which is about growing up adopted and reuniting with her birth mother.

She lives in Yorkville, IL with her husband, Aaron, her birth mother, Sue, and their three cats.

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