Most the time he sat like this:
soft pectorals leaning over paper,
hardened eyes inward and down.
"I have been robbed" he said,
his room no more empty than
his heart as if he owned
something once before.
Counting, counting words
and random specks of dust
like orphans do, always groping
for a ledge, a hold, a family.
The cloth, its threads irreparably
broken, a favorite toy forgotten
beneath his adopted bed
its countless plastic parts