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Pressman Owens
by c patrick durkin

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Pressman Owens
I remember,
stood next to
the file sorter,
hands stained
red blue yellow
from the Ryoobi machine.
He tapped the toe
of his tan boot
to the click clanging of conveyor
rollers and the beat
of 70’s rock.

At lunchtime talks,
his blue jeans and T-shirt
would conduct the current
of hope for his Kelly
getting into college,
and little Mike making varsity.
“Those kids are something else.”
He’d say between bites
of a ham and cheese hoagie.
“They got a ticket out.”

Before going back to work,
Owens smoked outside
on the receiving dock.
In the flickering flames of
late summer and the smell of
early September cook-outs,
he looked at the horizon.

To the foreman’s call,
time to punch in,
Owens stepped on his
smoke, jabbing the butt
into the cinders
with the heel of his
cracked boot.

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Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 10/31/2005
love the detail and quick succession of images here. very nice. Dawn
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 10/31/2005
Fine poetry. Imgery was outstanding to the point that it pulled the reader into the moment.
You certainly have the gift it takes.

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 10/31/2005
Strong imageries. I can envision this in my mind. Good poetic write.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)

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