Fringe Dwellers

They linger in libraries
Haunt corners of coffeehouses
Spend hours in copy shops
Days in used record stores
Arrive first at art openings
Leave last from summer yard sales
Scrawl poems in cheap barrooms
Leave them there when they go

As they browse biographies
Of those now forgotten
Whose reproduced portraits
Seem like songs no one hears
While the wine’s too soon emptied
The coats found too late
But the poems on stained napkins
Make the shadows not as dark

Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.

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2 Responses to Fringe Dwellers

  1. mixxcia says:

    Lovely 🙂

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