a place for misfits and river rats

you live in a nowhere burg on a river,
chances are you go one of three ways once
they hand you that diploma and your folks
hand you their you’re-eighteen-now eviction
gift posing as a graduation present:
you join the armed forces to get out and
see the world,     likely never to move back;
or,     if you’re lucky or diligent,     you
get yourself a scholarship and go off
to the big town to educate and make
a life for yourself elsewhere;     or you stay
and commute an hour or two to one of five
big towns where the jobs come and go,     and you
find yourself a place like our yella dove tavern.

david m pitchford
19 May 2012


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