POVERTY – War Veteran

POVERTY – War Veteran

I sit in the library.
I read the newspaper daily.
The air conditioner is my friend.
The librarian is my neighbor.
She smiles every day I walk in and greets me with a big hello.
She is my only true friend.

I am 68
I am a retired veteran of Vietnam
I have not worked for 45 years.
My last job was the war.

Agent orange destroyed my mind first and since my body
I am living on government subsidy. My food stamps don’t cover ends meat.
I don’t go shopping for extras.
I don’t buy.
I put up with neighbors that are rough in the housing unit.
I feel unsafe at night and venerable.
I only go out during the day.

I am Major John Michaels
United States Marines…

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