I Am Somebody – Georgia Lee


Sanitation Workers – Monday morning

Today is the first day of the rest of your life
A dorm-room poster that never inspired
But the nation is sick, trouble’s in the land
And every day now is somebody’s last

Today, the first day of the rest of my life
Out of bed at a decent hour
Children and work have left me now
But I am somebody, even alone

Shoes tied, sunscreen on…
open the door to a morning run
step outside in the egg-yolk sun
life rises in all-purpose flowers

But Monday’s the first day of the rest of the week
a garbage truck roars down my street
past our pristine garden homes
collecting life in a collective reek

Men hang from bars, they wave to me
masked and afraid, others cross the street
The sanitation worker is as key
As the highest office in the Washington D.C.

MLK said at the Memphis strike
That he wasn’t afraid of any man
He said it to the church the April night
before the next day, the last of his life


About georgialeesays

Award-winning journalist, editor and writer of multiple genres. Former Bureau Chief, Womens Wear Daily and W magazine. Past director, Ivy Hall, The SCAD Atlanta writing center. Vice President, programming for Atlanta Writers Club. Freelance writer/editor of every subject in the known universe. Lover of clean, clear writing -"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book." - Nietzsche. I teach yoga, meditation, in retreat settings. Seeker of truth and transcendence. Reincarnation of Edgar Allen Poe. "Life is but a dream within a dream within a dream" Write. Create. Learn. Dance. Yoga. Sleep. Dream.
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