Lean Years

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Contributor: Richard Schnap

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I used to ride buses
Past abandoned steel mills
Like the skeletons of dinosaurs
Rusting in the sun

To jobs where I’d raise
Funds to save animals
So that hunters would have
Something to kill

Then at night I’d linger
In the shadows of nightclubs
To watch dancing women
Exorcise their ghosts

Till I left and walked home
To my two room apartment
Beneath stars that never
Seemed so far away

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Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.


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