brighten their eyes

I could do sports

played for the school



decent all rounder

& then that all just faded

I found girls


the workers of the word

& wanted something more

than what was on offer

& tried to strike out

find a new path

not that it hadn’t been worn

over the centuries before

just new to me

& now when anybody

maybe the plumber comes

to fix the pipes

or the carpenter

putting doors in

when you talk to these guys

riff a line

a phrase or two

that brighten their eyes

they still

will not

could not

even dream of

putting their hands

in their pockets

in exchange

for the workers

of hard won words

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