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A nameless nomad,
I dwell on dirty streets,
A cardboard palace for me
and my fatherless son.
I wander my kingdom,
a rolling tumbleweed of narcotics and regret,
sidewalk slabs dotted with trash and gum wads,
black specks on a piece of peerless marble.
I am the queen of my crosswalk corner
And all the other rootless ones pay homage to me,
Gaping at my ragged beauty,
Rolling down their windows to give me treasures,
Dollars, cents, a whispered “God bless you.”
A treasury of candid souls, the daily price of pity.
I stand beneath the stop sign, a homeless
in an asphalt niche,
until one of my worshipers
gives me a turkey sandwich
And stale potato chips.
I give it to my son,
And he eats everything.
I hope he stays hungry.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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WordAddictThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 3:38 pm
This is really beautiful. You wove the words together to seem so effortless, but its perfect: "...a rolling tumbleweed of narcotics and regret."
SophiaR1999 replied...
today at 8:00 pm
Thank you so much for your kind words! I've been incredibly surprised by the fact that my two poems have been so well-received on here, especially since I'm a relatively new member. As a VIP, do you have any advice pertaining to writing etc?
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