That Man’s America

by S. A. Gerber


I struggle to

stand on the

wave covered deck.

My work boots

are held together

with glue and screws.

I impress the

Liberals with my

ragged appearance.

I will work until

they say stop.

I will eat their

leftover sandwiches

and drink free coffee.

I smoke on their

loading docks

and write poetry.

I accept their pay and

do not ask for more.

I drink in my meager,

paid-for room all night

until the alarm sounds.

I shave and shower.

I pay my taxes and

my bar tabs.

I shop the

thrift stores.

The old lady in

number 16 cuts my hair.

I keep trying to maintain

some sort of balance

on the greasy tightrope

of the vast

corporate structures.

I am a worker…

in THAT Man’s America!


Copyright © by Steven Alan Gerber


  1. A. Gerber is a native and resident again of Los Angeles, after having spent 24 years in a neighboring “city of sin” in the Silver State of Nevada. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as Desert Voices Magazine, Subtopian Magazine, Talking Sidewalks, Mad Swirl, (where he is a “contributing Poet”), The Blue Collar Review, and many other publications. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Poets Society, (where his work can be found “Spotlighted” on their website). (His work can also be accessed by searching for “The Poetry of S. A. Gerber”, as well as on a Facebook page under the same title). His volumes of poetry, Under the Radar, Inventory, Old School Rhyme, Planet Raves and Selected Poems of S. A. Gerber As Published in Subtopian Magazine, can all be obtained on Barnes & Noble and, as well as Beyond Baroque, Book Jewel in Westchester, and City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco. His books have also just been included in The Sims Library of Poetry.



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