watch his knees

sitting in the car

& she said watch his knees

he was standing in a call box

early evening winter dark

seeing if they had another shift

he could go do earn again

& I was watching his knees

as the call connects he’ll buckle

she said & sure enough he did

my loco driving daddy

was off to pull another shift

& it might have taken years

for me to understand

he knew he had to go

but sure enough didn’t want to

feeding hungry kids

put food on the table

or going drinking with my grandpa

are only the choices

poor people have to make

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