Paul scavenges yard sales,
seeks silverware sold cheap,
He collects phone numbers
from the newspaper personals
Paul steals the nearsightedness
of a thousand grandmothers,
then dumps the blur down the drain.
He developed a nursing sign
that stops nosebleeds
and paper-cut trickles.
Paul prays for fortune
to keep people on a short leash and heavy-footed
while running from responsibility.
copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney