Danny Barbare

The Janitor Speaks America

I’m the janitor shining these hallways
of promise
of America.
Oh! How the linoleum rolling
goes from sea to sea
The glory of these students’
I sweep and dust mop Sweet
Oh! How independence sings
giftedly like the teachers, students and

"Working as a janitor, writing gives me an escape. It allows me to dream of something bigger. Poetry makes me feel important while being a janitor gives me plenty to write about. So I enjoy doing both. I hope readers can enjoy the poetry I write, just as much as I do."

Danny P. Barbare has been writing poetry off and on for 37 years. He has worked as a janitor for about 20 years. He says he loves both his occupation and art. He attended Greenville Technical College.