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.