Mr. Thaumaturge

(a performer of miracles or magic)

He lost his job three years ago,

not the kind where you get unemployment,

it wasn’t that kind of white collar

or blue collar job. Something less

than all that. But he made it work.

Too young for social security,

and medicare, too old to start again.

He’s got some food in the cupboard.

At least he paid off his house

when times were rolling

instead of caving in.

Every day he hugs his wife,

throws the ball for Benji

and watches the trees

to see what they’ll do.

© Julie Eger 2-23-12


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