Major Tony Nelson
Tony took off, just like Ed, before he
Had a chance to say good-bye. Ed’s
Back in Roanoke; Tony’s looking for a
Place to stay, a place to be at peace.
Tony helped us move this week. He’s
A hard worker. Still, tough to hang on to
Jobs when the competition is so fierce.
People shoot to get dish-washing jobs. Few
Urban jobs pay a living wage. Especially
If you don’t count living with rats as living.
Tony needs a piece of cake today, maybe
A blunt tomorrow. Burned curbs close
In on parochial paranoia. Narrow steps
Keep squeezing. Tony needs a hand. He’s
A hard worker. They took his keys and
Kept his belongings. Tony’s a hard worker.
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