Poetry

Work Early

First job where he paid Social Security?    Bellhop at a high end hotel    where absolutely illegally he brought liquor to rooms. The job paid well,    85 cents an hour plus tips       and purloined liquor sips. The worst of it was lining up the whores, slipping them with his pass key through the doors to where fat businessmen lay passed out cold. I think that he was just sixteen years old. His awful jobs were sweated out on farms,    moving irrigation pipe       which he could scarcely lift, (his lower back was not his greatest gift)…

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