nobody tells her how to spend her pay
so she thought nothing of passing a buck
to the youth – bronze with sun and dirt –
clutching his poverty and homelessness
scag*-dancing his way down Mainline St.
*scag = heroin
© 2012, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
Photo credit ~ circa WW I heroin bottle by Mpv51 via Wikipedia and released into the public domain.