January 2008 / Volume Eight / Issue One
Michael Cuglietta
A Hard, Long Road

come down
a hard
long road
cough up
a mouthful of dust

carry a picture of
the most beautiful girl
youíve ever seen
in your
shirt pocket

reach for
a drink of water
that isnít there

try and
see through
so much sweat
dripping
into your eyes

feel your bad knee
giving out on you
one last time

feel your aching body
giving you
all kindsa worry

sing pretty songs
to yourself
wish there was
someone around
to hear
your weary voice

carry a picture of
the most beautiful girl
youíve ever seen
in your
shirt pocket
smudge the dirt off
with your thumb
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