summers

I was working my way out

being the good student

while working part time as a teacher

in term time

but come summer winter break

I had to go back to temp’ing

hauling furniture

warehouse humping

one job they got me

driving an electric truck

pick up boxes in one plant

take ‘em to another drop ‘em off

go back over the main road

start over eight hours straight

& she’d be at home waiting

honey lets go out tonight

wanting something from nothing

anywhere as long as there were drinks

& lord knows I had my own thirst

sweating in the sun humping boxes

for minimum pay do it over next day

on my last shift they asked me to stay

so different from when I was broke flat

then more likely I was out the door

& if they could dock my earnings

trim the hours make a cut

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