Another opinionated nobody
Living in the fringes of relative obscurity,
“I demand that I share perspective”
But whose here and where’s there?
Careful to explain the unexamined,
Cautiously treading between sense & the other
A vagabond is nonchalantly policed by an American community, where common sense once met common unity
Shuffling streets compete for famine & feast
backpacks & briefcases don’t mingle downtown,
Where gratuity is not included
Passing through is the only way out
In silk-lined suburbs,
trench coat lunatics show the whites of their eyes
carrying Louisville sluggers & guns beneath brown cloaks
a flask of clear liquor, containing blame for their fathers
The neighborhood is watching through windows & screens
Trying nightly to forget what they haven’t really seen
Evening news helps to process and relate
With routine commercials during evening debates
Without credentials, a citizen equals wasted potential,
Counterculture turncoats work graveyard shifts
Their idealism crumbled beneath them,
Swallowing their security with some avalanche drift
Cash stuck on the table, in a hand so stiff
From feeding crying mouths that can’t be bargained with
More than we planned, for the greater good
In the moment, parenthood is rarely understood
A ragged finger is exposed to the bone,
All for the gold on another kings throne-
Tip of my hat to those who must grind,
ceasing their rest to work for their finds
In the eyes of the drunkard in the park,
I see familiar life with a faulty spark.
Somewhere I recognize someone I cannot deny
I watch myself in every drifter’s eyes.
It scares me to think about life on the lam,
Without a job & without a plan;
What will become of me if I remain aimless?
Will I have a legacy if I live a life blameless?
trees listen gladly,
rivers laugh madly,
rain weeps sadly,
There is plenty of humanity without humanity!
So shave my head & don me some robes,
Or I’ll eat from trash cans and live in a cardboard abode!
A student of the world, paying off endless loans,
I have nowhere to go while everywhere is my home.