Bleak City

Exhaust blackened dirty snow
Bleak City cold winter sting
Cars in ditches
Tire chains and rock salt
Doughnut shop at four am
Factory whistle blows at five
Hot coffee on the dashboard
Eyes on the road
Front wheel drive Cadillac
I’ll make it on time

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Of what a hideous progeny is Debt the father! What lies, what madness, what invasions of self-respect, what cares, what double dealing! How in due season it will carve the frank, open face into wrinkles; how like a knife it will stab the honest heart!

— Douglass Jerrold