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S.JENSEN @2017

FOLLOWING

ME DOWN

THE HILL

IS THE SINGLE

CROW

YOUNGER

THAN THE

OLD ONE

WHEN IT WAS

TWO

NOW IT IS

ONE

FARTHER DOWN

A WOODPECKER

IS PECKING

AT A STUMP

THEN STILL

FARTHER DOWN

THERE IS

A DOVE SITTING

ON THE WIRE

UP ABOVE

THEN IN AND

OUT OF THE TREES

IS THE

BLUE BIRD

CARDINAL

AND FARTHER DOWN

A ROBIN

IS MOVING

DIRT LOOKING

FOR FOOD

SO I STOP

AND WATCH HIM

EAT THE TWO

WORMS

THEN I MOVE

HE FLIES OFF

DOWNTOWN

I REACH MY DESTINATION

ART IS PRINTED

AND PUT

IN BOX

READY TO SHIP

YET I HAVE

TO WAIT

TIL MULAH COMES

IN TO SHIP IT

AND SO

I MAKE THAT

GAMBLE

ONCE AGAIN

THAT I CAN

DO THIS

AND KEEP

MY HEAD ABOVE

WATER SOME HOW

I FEEL LIKE

THE SEA GULL

IN THE SKY

LOOKING

FOR SCAVENGING

AND BARELY

GETTING BY

AND

YET I AM

OK

CONTENT

IN THIS

SITUATION

CAUSE THERE

JUST ISN’T

ANY OTHER

WAY TO BE

WALKING BACK

UP THE HILL

ITS SO QUIET

NO BIRDS

JUST A FEW CARS

GO BY

MUSIC IN PLAYER

DIES

CAUSE BATTERY

SAYS ITS DONE

WISHING I HAD

BROUGHT MY

CAMERA

YET I DIDN’T

LEG IS KILLING ME

SO I TAKE

MY BREAKS

RESTING

IN SPOTS UP

AS I GO

I RUN INTO A LADY

WITH A STROLLER

SHE SAYS

LOOK AT YOU

MAKING THIS HILL

I SAY I DO IT

ALL THE TIME

ITS NOT MUCH

OPTIONS

SHE SAYS THIS

IS MY FIRST

TREK

AND

OH HOW DO YOU DO IT

I SAY CAUSE

IT IS WHAT I GOT

TO DO

SURE I ACHE

SURE ITS NOT EASY

BUT I DO IT

CAUSE I DON’T

HAVE A CHOICE

BUT TO WALK

SHE SAYS WELL

YOU DO IT WITH A SMILE

I SAY ITS CAUSE

I SEE THE THINGS

ON MY WAY

AND IT KEEPS ME GOING

PLUS

THE MUSIC PUSHES

ME FARTHER

AND MAKES

ME SMILE

EVEN MORE

SHE SAYS

WELL YOU WILL

NOW BE MY

INSPIRATION

TO KEEP

DOING THIS

I SAY HAVE

A GREAT DAY

AND

CARRY ON

UP THE HILL

BUS GOES BY

DROPPING PEOPLE

OFF AT THE SPOT

WHERE WE ALL

HAVE TO WALK

THE REST OF

THE HILL UP

ITS A COMPLICATED

SITUATION

SO I JUST ENDURE

IT ALL THE WAY

SAVES THE HALF MARK

AND MY SEVENTY FIVE CENTS

FOR A COFFEE

PEOPLE LOOK

AT ME AND

SAY WHY

DO YOU WALK

ALL THE WAY

I AM LIKE

WHY NOT

IF I GOT TO

GO HALF WAY

MAY AS WELL

GO ALL THE WAY

IT MAKES NO

DIFFERENCE

WHEN KNEE ACHES

ANYHOW

SO IT IS WHAT IT IS

HARDSHIPS

ARE JUST THAT

WE ALL

MAKE THE BEST

OF WHAT

WE HAVE

AND WHAT WE CAN

AND KEEP

GOING ON

CAUSE ITS

ALL WE HAVE

CAUSE FOR ME

THERE IS NO OPTIONS

OTHER THAN

I WON’T GIVE UP

I GET HOME

AND FRIEND

CALLS

SAYING SHE IS

SO TIRED AND

DOESN’T SEE

A FUTURE

SO WHY IS SHE

LIVING

AND I GIVE

HER MY EXAMPLE

OF WHAT I JUST

DONE

AND MY REASONS

TO KEEP FIGHTING

AND BELIEVING

AND LIVING

LIFE

CAUSE

I TOLD HER

THAT I DON’T

LOOK FOR FUTURE

I LOOK IN THE NOW

AND THE MOMENT

I AM IN EACH SECOND

WHILE I AM HERE

AND CHERISH IT

TREASURE IT

LIKE A HORDE

FOR EACH

LITTLE POSITIVE

SO WEIGHS

THE NEGATIVE

AND I LOOK

TO IT LIKE GOLD

I WILL

KEEP BUSY

I WILL

KEEP CREATING

AND

KEEP DOING

WHETHER

I MAKE ANYTHING

OF IT OR NOT

CAUSE

I LOVE IT AND IT

KEEPS ME

GOING

NOT SURE IF

THAT WORKED

FOR HER

BUT

I SO KNOW HOW

SHE FEELS

INSIDE

I AM TIRED

TOO

BUT I

JUST REFUSE

THE SIX FOOT UNDER

OPTION

TIL IT CALLS I

MAKE IT WORK

FOR ME

NOT AGAINST ME

AS MUCH AS I

CAN

AND CONTROL

WHAT I CAN

AND NOT WORRY

ON WHAT I CAN’T

ANYMORE

OH

FARTHER

AND

FARTHER

I TRAVEL

IN THIS

I LOOK AT MY MAIL

AFTER THE CALL

AND GET ANGRY

AGAIN

CAUSE MORE MONEY

THAT I REALLY DON’T

HAVE

IS SOMETHING

I HAVE TO FIND

FROM THIN AIR

TO PAY RENT

THAT THOSE

I ASKED FOR AID

REFUSE TO HELP WITH

FOR THE

LIMITS THOSE

RULES GIVE

SIGHING

I JUST PUT

IT ON THE TABLE

WITH ALL THE REST

AND KEEP

SMILING

CAUSE

MY KID TEXTS ME

A PIC THAT

SAYS HAPPY

MOTHER’S DAY

I LOVE YOU MOM

AND SO

THAT POSITIVE

FIXED

THE NEGATIVE

AND I SIT

AND FOR THREE HOURS

CREATE MORE

ART

FOR THE PAGES

ON THE WALLS

TO SELL

WHICH

KEEPS ME

ACTUALLY WITH

A ROOF OVER

MY HEAD

OR A MEAL IN

MY STOMACH

AND ITS

ALL GOOD

CAUSE

ITS ALL

THERE IS

UNCONDITIONAL

LIFE, LOVE, AND LIGHT

THE ONLY

PATH

I WILL EVER

TRAVEL


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