Friday, August 14, 2009

The Forgotten Man
by Jeni Decker-Lopez
The cruel light of day magnifies the indignity
Brick and cement closing in on me

Buttressed by the vacancy of another lost dream
Awaiting the sputtered arrival of the day-labor truck

Weary faces scurry by with lowered eyes
Secreting elusive humanity behind wary sighs

Brother can you spare a dime?
I reject the pervasive refrain

Exhausted sleep my futile reprieve;
A rusted cog grinding to a sluggish halt



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