Poem of the Week, by Ross Gay

2 thoughts on “Poem of the Week, by Ross Gay”

  1. Dear Lady Shamla Rose, I love your honesty. The poem is a small story, written from the point of view of a 14 year old working in a burger joint (maybe McDonald’s) who is responsible for training a 38 year old man working a second job to support his family. The man has a cold, and a drop falls from his nose onto the burger that he is putting together under the boy’s supervision. Instead of reporting him or shaming him, the boy chooses to pretend he didn’t see the drop fall. He wants to preserve the older man’s dignity – he knows how hard his life is.

    You have the same deep kindness in you, Lady Shamla, as the boy in the poem.

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