He lived a well-meaning
secondhand life,
pants and shirt
and soul a hand-me-down,
ideas and thoughts
the spitting image
of someone else’s until
that day when old
wares are thrown away,
the growing becomes
hard, and lips part to say
something entirely new
borrowed from someone.



JD DeHart is a writer and teacher.  His blog is and his chapbook, The Truth About Snails, is available from RedDashboard.