Was it only a puddle
A puddle in the wheel-rut,
In the gutter by the wayside
That fired back my lantern-light like a retort
And my own quavering face
Like an accusation, “There goes a boy”
“A useless, silly creature”

Were they only wheel-ruts
Mimicking the furrowed shoulders of a bare-backed farmer
Who stoops to clear the path of his plow
Upon the spine of such a giant do I tread
With bloodied feet


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