Showed Me

It is my pleasure to announce that Cadence Collective shared my piece, Showed Me. Check them out; they are doing great things.

Cadence Collective: Long Beach Poets

Girl and Goat 2

By Joe Gardner

I remember it all
Sometimes
Just like it was yesterday
Things we would do
Things he would say
Teaching me everything he knew
All the things that life
Had passed on to him

He showed me
How to thread a needle, how to sew my clothes
How to bait a fish hook
How to hone a knife
Or to use the can
The beans came in
As the pot to cook them in

He taught me that super glue burns
But will close a wound
And always look a man in the eye
No matter how afraid you might be

He taught me
How to find daily work for daily pay
How to find the weekly rate motel to stay
Teaching me how to make
Spaghetti on a hot plate
How to pull cabbage and lettuce and bread
From the dumpster
Behind the grocery store
How to…

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