The Abandoned Shoe Project

by Jerry Ratch


It's the unfinished sentences

Of the children on our refrigerators

That worry me the most


It's the Fake News

It's all the people

Living in their shopping carts

Without shoes


It's the abandoned shoe

On the street

And the Abandoned Shoe Project

And that there has to be

Such a thing


And the song is

Breakfast in a Brothel


Message in a Bottle


While I remain bitterly silent

And sit in a cage

Like an animal

Full of outrage