you ride your bike, crying down the hard dirt road
your morning spent killing flies
their price, a penny a carcass
handing me my money through the soul of their drunken hollow
you wonder, would they spend a penny for me
I buy hot balls in a brown paper bag with my pennies
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31 thoughts on “MY POEM “Lonely employment” live on edge of humanity”
Sounds like lonely employment, indeed Joni. I remember doing odd jobs for a few pennies when I was younger. I think Mom used to throw a few cents my way for weeding the garden. Likely why I hate it so much to this day. I did have to swat flies, but that was for free. We never had much, but we always had a roof and food. Hope you are doing well. Allan
Thank you for reading Allan. I was off line for two days. Thank you so much for reading. I use to weed too but that was good time with my mom. Sober time and I loved any attention I got. We were also poor that never bothered me. Hope all is well with you and yours. Sending big hugs 🤗 and thanks my friend. 🦋🤗
Oh that brought back the memory of my childhood. I skipped down the local grocery store to buy cigarettes for my father. I was so little, had to reach up to the counter with money, the shopkeeper could barely see me.
I hope the first two stanzas were happy memories for you. Thank you so much Cassa. Sending my love Cassa. ❤️🤗🦋 Joni
Joni, this is a beautiful poem, a story, a picture painted with such perfect words and filled with tender sadness…
Thank you my very kind friend. I appreciate your words so much. Love to you both. 🤗❤️🦋🙏
You’re very welcome Joni, it’s always a pleasure.
What a beautiful picture and a wonderful poem to go with it.
Thank you so much Haoyan Do. Have a blessed day. Big hugs and love. ❤️🤗Joni
Beautiful poem! Such creative use of language! Such deep emotions! Loved reading it!
Thank you Dominic. I appreciate you reading my work. Sending you a box of chocolates sprinkled in joy. Big hugs 🤗
My pleasure Joni! Hugs!
Such a moving piece, Joni! Congratulations ❤️
Thank you Ingrid I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Big hugs 🤗
Congratulations on your continuing success! This is a lovely verse steeped with emotion and filled with memories. Well done, Jonikins!
Thank you Brad I appreciate it very much. Sending lots of hugs and love your way. Have a blessed day. ❤️🤗🦋 Jonikins
I start to feel a foreboding from the very start. Crying while riding your bike….. what should be fun or quirky childhood memories tainted and sad.
Pretty perfect analogy of this piece my wise friend. Sending you lots of love and hugs. Thank you so much. ❤️🤗
It’s really tough, Joni.
Childhood should never be a compromise that suits adults. Take care and many congratulations for the publication. 🙂
Thank you so much Terveen. You are right of course sending appreciation for your kind comment. Big hugs 🤗 Joni
Such wonderful write filled with deep emotions…very creative as well…many congratulations, dear Joni ✨❤️💫
Thank you Navin. You are so kind and generous. You must be awfully busy. I am so happy for you and all your accomplishments this year. You should be so proud of yourself. 🤗❤️🦋🌹
You’re welcome dear Joni…you’re right, I’m busy these days…not getting enough time to write & post on WP & IG…but I do check & read from time to time…how can I miss beautiful poems like yours…much love dear friend ✨❤️💫
Thank you Navin your kind words touch my heart this morning. I send you love, prayers and gratitude for your friendship. Big hugs 🤗 🤗❤️❤️
Awesome writing and so descriptive Joni, as always great poetry🌸💕
You are so sweet to me Henrietta. It is very appreciated my friend. Blessings!!
Sound like quite a story Joni and it’s reminiscent of going up the street everyday to buy cigarettes for my mom with a note. I hated it and the smoke and never took a puff ever again!
Your words always leave imprints.. going to read the rest and congrats on 1,000 followers! 💖🌈
You are so sweet I haven’t said anything. It sounds like a bad memory for you too. Sorry my friend. You say the kindness things. Blessings to you and your family dear Cindy. ❤️🤗🦋
You’re so right it was. Oh it’s easy with you!