Under the bridge, not far away,
lived Jaynie Dean,
Who had no other place to stay
except between

Two railings stuffed with random rags
and cardboard. Sacks,
Containing clothes, and plastic bags
filled up the cracks.

Content to have a place to call
her own, she froze
One night. A trash truck came to haul
away the clothes.

Jared Carter's most recent book, Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems, is from the University of Nebraska Press. He lives in Indiana. Read other articles by Jared.