Posted by: Ron DuBour | September 15, 2014

Rag and Bone Man

Poesy plus Polemics

Rag and Bone Man c. 1950 Photo from Rag and Bone Man c. 1950
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he came by every week
pulled his wagon
clattering cobbles that
surfaced my childhood
scavenging discards
consumptive detritus
that durable waste
now of trifling value
yet nonetheless
turned to new purpose
providing subsistence
to those with an ethic
for doing what has to be
done to survive spurning
public relief deep abiding
stern sense of a personal
pride long before warfare
was coined by a value
starved upside down culture
entitlements copious
killing ambition

all of his kids went to
school right beside me
the priests and the nuns
covered all of their costs
from their personal pockets
expressions of manifest
Catholic charity his entire
family was treated by my own
physician whom we paid
three dollars a visit while
they made a barter for
handyman service

his work on the streets
accomplished a meaningful
stream of recycling that
helped juice…

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