" Extra, extra (The paper boy)" by John George Brown‘Paperboy, Little Neck, Queens, N.Y. 1954-55’ by Ron Singer The Society December 15, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 1 Comment Paperboys lack actual colleagues, but I was a part-time paper boy, and my mother, a part-time colleague. When I’d oversleep, or in bad weather, she’d rescue me from the steep daily grind. “Leave the bike home. I’ll drive, to save time.” That was all; guilt trips were not her way. (Those were the bailiwick of my father.) When I was short of friends, she and I played. I’d kick a soccer ball up the driveway, mostly relishing the crashing echo of ball against door. But Mom would bellow, when I tattooed her legs. Now, that’s a friend! Only with her death would our friendship end. Excerpted from Colleagues: 1954-2014 Ron Singer’s poetry has appeared, e.g., in alba, Anemone Sidecar, Avatar Review, Borderlands, The Brooklyn Rail, Cake, Ducts, Evergreen Review, Grey Sparrow, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Strong Verse, Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream, Windsor Review, andWord Riot. He is also the author of ten books. For details, www.ronsinger.net. Related Post ‘A Poem’s Truth’ by Michael Stutz A poem's truth, when presently revealed Inside its lines where they had first congealed Will fill you with a youthful ardent joy— Like fi... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail One Response David Hollywood December 15, 2017 Tender and thoughtful. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.