The Rockin’ Poet
Visiting from Japan, Tsuyoshi Yumoto – “The Rockin’ Poet“ – hand paints cards in New York’s Union Square.
He stands straight
and juggles anything.
Bending over to place a hat,
leaning over to pick it up.
Look at the brim
it’s bent and withered.
Look at the feather
it’s nothing but a spine.
Look at the top hat
flipped on it’s head.
Forgetting its purpose and pleading.
With open arms, interlocking at the finger tips
as a cylinder.
Acting as a collector, an advertiser, a sign
reading: ”Throw away some change.”
I’m a juggler, I’ll juggle anything, anything I can.
The shoes on your feet and his,
some sausages from the stand,
pennies from this top hat.
Five pennies from this top hat?
No? Seven pennies from this top hat?
More? Ten pennies from this top hat?
He does it with ease.
They ask who he is,
he’s the guy juggling pennies
on the street.
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