Bum on a Stoop in Paris with a Bald Head in the Rain

by Jerry Ratch

Bum on a Parisian stoop begging

with his big Jackson Pollack

bare head in the rain

The water running in streaks

all over his brain

Reminding him of a painting

he once thought of

Keep going, you're coming back

again. Get out of the car wreck

Unwrap yourself and your young girl

from that tree

Hide your bottles beside the road

Can you wake up

and hear the sirens now?