24 cans to a pound
48 cans smashed
in each plastic bag
buys my food

25 dollars a visit
3 visits a week
3,900 dollars a year
paid for my y membership to shower

on a street corner
styrofoam coffee cup
pays almost as much
as minimum wage pays for passing smiles

not a felon
or a veteran
just displaced

Joseph Burrows is twenty-three years old. He attended Saint Ambrose University, and was one of the first few dozen students to graduate with a writing degree in May of 2013. Since graduating he has published multiple publications. Currently he works as a data analyst for a financial institution.