The Absence of Things

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I pledge allegiance

Looking_in_binI pledge allegiance to the flag

outside of your three story house.

Don’t look at the woman hauling trash,

she’s walking three miles south.

Give us this day, our Coke and beer,

so others may redeem five cents.

Along the highway, she hefts her work,

to cash in, but not to pay rent.

© C.L. Quigley

photo: Wikimedia Commons