Out of early morning he comes
like a vendor peddling wares;
aluminum cans rattle in the steel shopping cart
as he rattles along.
Scouring dumpsters for twelve-ounce ore,
his time is spent traveling streets
pitted with old fliptops and discarded
fossils in asphalt.
Living with garbage,
the end result of civilzation,
he collects society's castoffs only to return them,
begin the cycle again.