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Friday, June 24, 2022

REJECTED

 
                THE BAGS CONTENTS RATTLED LOUDLY
                AS I ADDED ANOTHER ALUMINUM CAN
                THE WIND HAS PICKED UP SHARPLY
                RAIN SOAKING THIS HOMELESS MAN

                AHEAD ARE THE GROCERY DUMPSTERS
                AS I HURRY ALONG THE WAY
                A LOAF OF BREAD OR SPOILED FRUIT
                MEANS I MIGHT GET TO EAT TODAY

                SOGGY BUNS WERE TO BE MY PRIZE
                AS I LOWERED THE DUMPSTER LID
                SCURRYING AROUND THE CORNER
                FROM JUDGMENTAL EYES I HID
                
                KEEPING IN THE DARK SHADOWS
                TO MY CARDBOARD HOME I FLED
                LYING IN THE DARKNESS I LISTENED
                AS OVERHEAD THE TRAFFIC SPED

                NOT MANY WOULD EVER KNOW
                OF THE PRIOR LIFE THAT I HAD LED
                A GOOD JOB AND A MARRIAGE
                HAD BEEN REPLACED BY THIS INSTEAD

                MY PARENT’S WORDS I RECALL
                “SUCCESS COMES TO THOSE WHO TRY”
                ONE DAY THEY BECAME HOLLOW
                WHEN MY EMPLOYER SAID GOODBYE

                SOMETHING CALLED “DOWNSIZING”
                WAS THE EXCUSE THAT HE GAVE
                I’M SORRY ABOUT YOUR PENSION
                AND MONEY I HOPE YOU’VE SAVED

                SOCIAL SECURITY, I’M TOO YOUNG
                NOW THIS DRAFTY BOX IS MY HOME
                PENNILESS, TIRED AND BROKEN
                NOW THESE LONELY STREETS I ROAM

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