prick…chapter 2…

1st of the month and the Eagle flies…not so-many in line at the soup kitchens…homeless shelters have vacant beds for a change…and all across town liquor stores sell-out of cheap wines..malt liquors…bottles of Skora vodka…and whiskey that’ll make stomach linings turn to mush over time…eyes lose sight…feet fall-off due to diabetes…

the battle with the bottle takes turns and twists in the lives of street people who will live like royalty for the first few days ‘fore turning to begging for the rest of the month…but for now the SSI check has cleared and the celebration begins…

Teacher sits back and takes a long swig of coffee in the morn while the others go-out to play…he lives in the shelter on the city’s Northside…it is his one time of the day when there is solace…just him and his thoughts with a watered -down cup of joe…thinking…reflecting…reading his latest checked-out book from the library…Tropic of Capricorn trips through his fingers…turning the pages of Miller…silently praising the work of a master…meditating on passages of what it is to be an artist…sacrifices made…sacrifices made…

in a short time Teacher will be back to substituting in the city’s high schools…back to getting daily assignments…back to being on the front-lines…Teacher used to be a full-time educator…things change…things change…

he was married…wife…house…two cars…and one day it just ended…people’s minds change…hearts turn…love leaves…these were her reasons…and he’s been homeless every summer ever-since…gave-up the full-time gig…the benny’s…the year-long salary in order to focus on writing…sacrifices made…sacrifices made…

living amongst junkies…crackheads…winos…and crazies…Teacher felt at home in his bottom bunk…more-so than in the bed with the redhead who was his wife…yes…there were times when he missed a warm body to curl-up-to on cold winter nights…but don’t we all…don’t we all…

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