The Lonely Life of Hank Ferguson
Berkley Nilles

The tired janitor trudges across the school
Carrying an oversized bag of garbage away
Criticized by students for being a fool
Just trying his hardest to make it another day
Making his way to his office full of tools

The lonely janitor sets the garbage down
He slips onto his ears his headphone radio
Listenting to the news with a frown
The security guard comes down for a blow
But the janitor turns him down

The tired janitor goes back in the halls
Picking up the trash of all the kids
He walks across a puddle and slips and falls
He gets up and wipes off the marks from the skid
checks his phone to see that he has had no calls

The lonely janitor walks outside and looks at the sun
Lets the sun warm up his bones
Now that his day is done
Not having to worry about his phone
Just a day in the life of Hank Ferguson


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