A Rainy Morning Before School

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A Rainy Morning Before School

 

By Shawn R. Jones

 

Pliers turn on a shower

with no knob.

Rusty water falls

in a cracked porcelain tub

with chipped lion’s feet.

Five children make up

something to eat

like sugar sandwiches

or spoiled mayonnaise

on a stale roll,

so they can eat

in front of a coal burning stove

before they walk to school

with soggy cardboard

in the bottom

of worn out shoes.

 

Reprinted from Womb Rain

(Finishing Line Press, 2008)

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