Truth to Self
by M. Taggart
Get a job, you bum!
Daddy, why did you say that to that man?
He’s a bum. There’s a help wanted sign right over there.
But why did you say that to that man?
Because he’s a bum and needs a job.
Because he needs a job.
Why? What if he’s sick?
I don’t care! I work when I’m sick and you’ll work when you’re sick!
The boy sat in his jumper seat looking out the window from the back seat.
Cars and trucks and stores flashed by.
I don’t want to work when I’m sick.
No? Do you want to be a bum like him,
sticking his hand out for money on the side of the road?
More cars flashed by and more trucks. More stores.
Cement and cement and people and more people.
Why did you say that to that man, Dad?
Because he’s a bum!
That’s not what I’m asking, Dad.
Don’t talk back to me!
The boy felt a strength growing
in the pit of his stomach and into his heart
and somewhere else that he couldn’t understand.
I’m not you, Dad.
Welcome to MasticadoresUSA.
MasticadoresUSA features talented writers of poetry and short prose. We primarily publish writers who write in English, and are based in the USA. However, while the publication language remains English, we also welcome the work of our fellow writers from all over the world.
What do we want to bring to our readers? Edgar Allan Poe once wrote: Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. This is what we are committed to bringing to you. And that’s not an easy endeavor.
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