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BOOK OF SAMPLES
A Story in Every Poem
By Demetrius Cudjoe
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2014 Demetrius Cudjoe
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Wilson was having a bad day.
And it was only seven A.M.
He has to be at work by 8.
And getting there on time is slim.
He's been written up two times.
For being late getting to work.
So he know he's going to the bosses office.
And man, his boss is a jerk.
Wilson had set his alarm for six thirty.
But the power went off that night.
And when he woke up this morning.
He knew something wasn't right.
So now he's on his third strike.
His job is on the line.
But for the last three weeks of work.
Everything was going fine.
He thought that he was on his way.
All the trouble was in his past.
But Wilson was not a man of good fortune.
His luck wasn't going to last.
So he started on his way to work.
He had 28 minutes to get there.
But he lived 39 minutes from the job.
He didn't have a prayer.
As he hurried on his way.
To that job in the middle of town.
His heart yes, it was throbbing.
And his chest was starting to pound.
Oh yes, he was late.
This was the last straw.
His boss was really upset.
He was only alive because of the law.
But instead of being fired.
His boss gave him one more shot.
He had to get this assignment right.
And the margin for error wasn't a lot.
It was a job that nobody wanted.
But he didn't have room speak.
He was saying yes I'll do it.
Because a new job he wasn't ready to seek.
So as he set there in the chair.
Listing to what he was going to do.
He felt extremely blessed.
Because he knew that his job was through.
The job was a bus trip.
And it's a six hour trip.
For you see the patients were mental.
Nobody thought that was hip.
You see no one wanted to take them.
But they are ordinary folks like me.
They just had something wrong with the mind.
But they still have needs you see.
So he received his final instructions.
Treat them like you would your mother.
For the passengers on this bus.
Was someone's sister and brother.
He had 30 mental passengers.
For this trip that he had to make.
And like I said earlier.
There wasn't room for a mistake.
So he took a head count.
And put his self behind the wheel.
He slowly closed the door.
Man this was a heck of a deal.
I hope I don't make any mistakes.
This can be an easy run.
And if I do this just right.
I may even have some fun.
So he started up the bus.
And he started on his way.
And he noticed when he started.
Nobody had nothing to say.
They all set there peaceful.
Just looking straight ahead.
Then all of a sudden someone shouted.
Hay bus driver, we're is my bed.
Then all was quiet.
Some even went to sleep.
Then someone from the back.
Shouted, man this hole is deep.
Wilson just kept on driving.
And he never turned around.
Then all of a sudden from the back.
He began to hear the strangest sound.
He quickly turned around.
And a passenger was standing right there.
Growling like a lion.
All Wilson could do was stare.
Two hours into the drive.
With four more hours to go.
Now one of the passengers.
Was saying I can't take no mo.
I need off this bus.
And I need off right now.
I'm all cramped up in here.
I'm about to have a cow.
Wilson just kept driving.
Still didn't want to turn around.
All he just kept thinking.
Three more hours to this town
Then all of a sudden.
From the middle of the bus.
A fight had broke out.
Man they knew how to cuss.
Wilson had to pull over.
That fight he had to end.
He got everybody settled back down.
And started driving again.
Two more hours to go.
And finally all was good.
Everybody was back in their seats.
Doing whatever they could.
Wilson had the bus rolling.
The tires was burning up the road.
And the only thing on his mind.
Was to hurry and deliver the load.
Five hours he has been driving.
He was beginning to see the light.
Everything was nice and quiet.
Everything was just right.
Fifteen more minutes to go.
He wanted to celebrate.
For he was about to accomplish his mission.
When he drove them through the gate.
Now everyone is asleep.
And Wilson wanted something to drink.
So he pulled into a mine mall.
He would be just gone for a blink.
So he found a place to park.
And quietly opened the door.
Walked in and looked around.
He walked all over the floor.
He couldn't make up his mind.
On what he wanted to drink.
Then he was looking at magazines.
This guys just didn't think.
He was in the store thirty minutes.
Just there looking around.
Once again our boy Wilson.
Was messing up in another town.
So he finally grabbed a coke.
And then plopped down in a chair.
And when he headed back to the bus.
And the passengers were no longer there.
You see they all had woke up.
And the driver was no were to be seen.
The door was wide open.
And they all walked away clean.
Now Wilson was in a panic.
He had no idea what to do.
He had almost made it to the end.
But now, his carrier is through.
How can you explain.
You let 30 patients walk away.
This time he really screwed up.
This was his darkest day.
He looked everywhere for hours.
And he never found a sing sole.
This blunder will haunt him.
Even when he has grown old.
He didn't even know.
Rather to leave, or should he stay.
So he just sit there for hours.
Hoping they would come back this way.
But they never did come back.
All thirty was out walking the street.
And Wilson knew he was in trouble.
He was getting ready to take some heat.
So he slowly closed the door.
And started that dreadful drive.
For he knew when the bus arrives empty.
He will no longer be alive.
Now Wilson was out of his mind.
He did something you won't believe.
For what he did next.
Caused a lot of people to grieve.
He went to a bus stop.
And started giving rides for free.
Dropping folks off everywhere.
Folks asking, how can this be.
Everyone was enjoying the ride.
Going everywhere they wanted to go.
Some being dropped off at the mall.
And others dropped off at the show.
Wilson just couldn't go to the hospital.
With all those patients that was gone.
Then all of a sudden, he had an idea.
So he picked up his cell phone.
He noticed something on the bus.
That caught his attention and his eye.
He knew he was losing his job.
So this he might as well try.
He made a call to the clinic.
And he talked for a good while.
Then he looked back into the mirror.
And then gave a big smile.
He told them on the bus.
He needed to swing by the shop.
So off to the clinic he drove.
He told them it's just a quick stop.
Then he told them this was a prison.
For people that wasn't well.
And it's a place they need to visit.
Is the story that he did tell.
Because he had an idea.
And told them since we are here.
I'll give you guys a tour.
And they all began to cheer.
Then he told them it's a rule.
To leave your wallets with me.
So that they won't be stolen.
Because the patients wants your ID.
So they all gave him their wallets.
And they were ready to go in.
They were excited about the tour.
They really thought he was a friend.
So he asked everyone off the bus.
And told them to wait inside.
And then he went into the office.
You got it, this dude lied.
He told them in the clinic.
The thirty patients are now here.
And they are going to have some wild stories.
Some may even bring you a tear.
They think they are normal.
Some will say I'm a business man.
Some of these guys think they are farmers.
With acres and acres of land.
Some will say to your face.
We were just catching this bus home.
But you have to keep the thought.
That part of their mind is gone.
So Wilson signed the papers.
And released them all to this place.
Then, he just drove away.
With an empty look on his face.
Yes, he went to the mental hospital.
And yes he left them there.
And he knew what he had done.
Was so wrong and so unfair.
And the thirty people that he left.
Kept wondering what is the deal.
Why won't these doctored listen to us.
And why are they giving us a pill?
And they all began to tell the story.
We were just standing at the bus stop.
And then this guy shows up and give rides.
To the movies, bank and smoke shop.
Then he brought us here.
And said something's wrong with the bus.
Then he jumped behind the wheel.
And drove off and left us.
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Table of Contents
ContentsWELCOME TO MY BOOK OF SAMPLES, vii,
BUS RIDE, 3,
LAST MOMENTS, 21,
PHONE SERVICE, 31,
ROOKIE COP, 37,
CLASS RING, 49,
MUD COMPANY, 61,
SECOND CHANCE, 69,
BARN WOOD, 104,
OKLAHOMA MYTH, 157,
D.O.A. DEAD ON ARRIVAL, 160,
OKLAHOMA WINTER, 164,
LOST IN HOUSTON, 178,
GOD WILL SEND SOMEONE, 189,
LAUGHED AT, 191,
THE PROMISE KEEPER, 194,
THERE IS NO EXCUSE, 196,
WHO IS THIS MAN, 198,
100 YEARS OF SERVICE, 201,
A WONDERFUL MOTHER, 206,
FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, 208,
BOARDED UP, 213,
THE ROUND HOUSE, 218,
LADY CANE—COCAINE, 222,
PHONE CALL, 224,
DIRT ROAD, 229,
ROAD RAGE, 233,
A ROSE MEANT FOR YOU, 241,
EVERYTHING THAT I SAY, 243,
IN LOVE WITH YOU, 245,
LOOKING AT YOU FROM A FAR, 248,
VERY EARLY AGE, 251,
THINKING OF YOU, 258,
HIGH SCHOOL LOVE AFFAIR, 259,
MY LOVE, 261,
SIXTH GRADE, 262,
THE PROTECTIVE HAWK, 271,
SATINS EARTHLY DEFEAT, 277,
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, 283,
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN, 295,
IN SEARCH FOR PEACE, 296,
ANOTHER WORLD, 297,
DEAD FISH, 298,
ESKIMO CHILDREN, 299,
IN THE CAPITAL CITY, 300,
THE PARADE, 301,
THIS PLACE, 302,
MY SONY, 304,
SIGHT OF THE JUNGLE, 305,
SOMEBODY LEFT ON THE FAUCET, 306,
STEAM FROM AN ENGINE, 307,
THE HIGHWAY, 308,
OCEAN VIEW, 309,
A WONDERFUL SIGHT, 310,
THE DAMM, 311,
CLEAN LIVING, 312,
THE FARM, 313,
THE GLASS DOOR, 314,
TAKING A HIKE, 315,
THE CHURCH, 316,
THE STREAM, 317,
A QUIET PLACE, 318,
TRAIN RIDE, 319,
19 TO 2, 323,
THE PAPER BOY, 349,
CHANDLER BASEBALL CAMP, 401,
S.J.C. BASEBALL, 417,
A LONG HARD ROAD, 425,
SCHOOL YARD BALL, 431,
TERROR IN THE BACK YARD, 433,
THE VACATION, 435,
THE WALL, 437,
TROUBLE BEFORE TEN, 439,