Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Summer 2016

Volume 13 Issue 3




By Freedom Chevalier

calloused, cracked knuckles defend

against dawn's first flush

chipped nails trim grime-washed

palms, eager to work

tuck shirttail into too-big trousers, straighten frayed cuffs without sleeve-buttons;

hold open doors.

suits, ties, phones, files


per diem procession

Could you believe it!

In-house coffee tastes like crap! I won't drink it!

I DON'T have any spare change. He should get a job!

outcast cups catch castaway coins tossed, en route.

8 hours procurement: $3.50

morning special:

small coffee and any regular donut $2.00

...a limited supply

evening exigency:

bed at hostel for one night $4.00

...a limited supply

another biting night on numbing city

cement, huddled between

threadbare sack and subterranean chasm

spewing foul vapors


carting workmen home to post-bachelor flats

baroque accoutrements: toilets, hot water

his life furnishes no surplus

Freedom Chevalier is a rehabilitated thespian and the author of countless feature articles, several dramatic plays, short stories, songs, poems and even a gritty thriller set in the world of Canadian stand-up comedy of the 1990s. She currently resides outside of Boston and is desperately trying to get back to the bay...and she really has heard every possible joke about her name.

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