Even when we only worked part-time jobs
fixed the thermostat at zero
dried our wash on a line out the window

we still saved spare change for a turkey
scrounged potatoes and onion from Key Food
poured two buck chuck in jelly glasses

grasped each other
every night
under threadbare blankets and

tended fierce belief
like a hot fire
lighting our path
toward a radiant future.
About the Poet:

Peter M. Gordon’s poems have appeared in several magazines, books and websites, including Slipstream, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature, 34th Parallel, Cultural Weekly, the Provo Canyon Review, and of course, Poetry Breakfast.  He’s a founder and past President of Orlando Area Poets, the largest chapter of the Florida State Poetry Association. Peter taught poetry workshops at the Florida Writer’s Association Conference and to several other groups in Central Florida. His poetry collection, Two Car Garage, is available from all online book sellers. Peter lives in Orlando, Florida and teaches in Full Sail University’s Film Production MFA program after spending 35 years in the entertainment industry, developing, producing, and curating content.



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Photo by Olichel Adamovich.