Laurence Overmire

Lost Masterpiece - Poem by Laurence Overmire

Was born black in 20th century America.

He was a shoeshine boy and a waiter
A garbage man and a handyman

A store clerk and a construction worker.
In fact, he spent so much time surviving

He barely had time for his art.
He died when he was 50.

And no one ever heard of him again.

(Previously published in The Inditer, March 2000)

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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