Category: Notes From a Bum

Daily Prompt: Visceral


by RJHoffman

On lousy skirts
On shirt sleeves
Beneath park benches
He is perceived

To have been
who will be
ever as he is

Tired and dirty face
steeped whole in shame
why won’t he be
as he should be?

He wipes his shoes
and then washes his face
eats a hard earned meal
over the sink

Ramen noodles and baked beans
no fruit from the garden
lest he were a thief

He looks out the window
to the pig sty
overalls covered in shit,
there are more books to read

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