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Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Summer 2016

Volume 13 Issue 3

 

 

Concierge


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

corporate-meeting-vivisetion-congregation


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


warming;


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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