Wayne

Pulling up the carpet at an elementary school
Prying the tacks free, cutting up the bits of used carpet
Working quickly over a holiday when the school is closed
Wayne in farm equipment logo emblazoned baseball cap with chewing tobacco canister ring visible in the back pocket of his jeans

This work needs to be done so grab a boxcutter
Temporary work to put beer in the cooler and to put off sleeping in the cab of his pick-up
Wayne working for upkeep of waterbed and jet ski

For a life out there somewhere, his wages are garnished
But this couldn't move his vision more than five minutes ahead
Rolling up his sleeves to show long underwear underneath
Moves aside his shaggy blonde hair to reach a cigarette tucked behind one ear

by Raj Dronamraju

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