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Help an Artist

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Used with permission from the artist, Kevin Rockwell. I hope I did it justice.

Homeless on Homeless Art

Tryin’ to catch some z’s
in the after winter sun
here at the edge of America;
keepin’ it tight,
tryin’ to avoid exposure.
Crumpled up here
like a wadded up napkin
lyin’ on the side of the road,
tossed from a car window
like nobody’s business.
I’ll jus’ stay right here
on the side of the road…
don’t mind me.
Me, I’m keepin’ my head down,
just tryin’ to rest.
Hell…
it’s a thin line,
lotsa thin lines
don’t nobody want to connect–
it ain’t all black and white.
Just like the brother
sittin’ over there, scribblin’
on his pad of paper…
we’re all sketchy.
Some of us
just more out in the open.

I originally posted this ekphrastic poem as part of the NaPoWriMo challenge in April of this year. The artist, Kevin Rockell, recently contacted me to ask if I would share his needs. You see, he is currently homeless and needing funds to get a place to stay and paint out of the heat. He travels with his trusty and gentle doberman, Tammi.

His forte is pet and animal portraits. He has painted many commissioned works of various furry companions.

Check out his work on facebook: Kevin Rockwell.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Daniel Massey
Images Copyright © Kevin Rockwell

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