Will Repair Umbrellas for Cash by Bogdan Dragos

An old bearded man who appears to be dirty and homeless is looking up through some barbed wire
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I was at that age

when you

read whatever writing

catches your eye

by way of style


and stuff

It’s a sensitive age

for kids

The advertising

industry knows it

But the words I read

weren’t quite


They were written on a

piece of cardboard

placed next to

a homeless man who

sat on the curb under

the awning of

a pharmacy

the writing said




I thought I was good

at figuring out

commercials on TV

and even in magazines

and newspapers

but this one was

beyond me


Buddy, who in the hell

takes their umbrella

to the repairman?

Doesn’t make any sense

If an umbrella does

break, why not

just buy a new one? It’s

not expensive or


How can anyone make a

living repairing


No wonder the guy

was homeless

I kept thinking about

him and his

business from time to

time as I grew up

and finally one

day after writing a

considerable amount of


I realized… we’re not

so different after all


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan literally steps on the writer toe with this smashing piece of writing. “Why would someone even do that?” Is this the thought that crosses people’s minds when you tell them that you’re a writer? I think the discomfort is apparent at both ends. Is writing a craft that’s only respectable if you’re making a lot of money from it? I guess everything stops at the threshold of moolah. Maybe repairing umbrellas would’ve worked out better. Ouch and double ouch!
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you!
      Indeed, it does seem like a writer can only be placed in either one of two unbreakable boxes. You’re either the personification of the starving artist, or the billionaire academic who lives the rest of their lives on royalties.

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  2. This one is good B…..

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you, my friend! (⊙‿⊙)


  3. gwengrant says:

    Ain’t that the truth!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you for checking it out, Gwen! (´・ᴗ・`)


  4. Shashi says:

    Thanks Bogdan for these lines.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. (• ◡ •)/ I thank you for reading them, Shashi!

      Much appreciated 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. julydase says:

    Quite an insightful poem. Terveen hit the nail on the head—unless you’re paid well, writing isn’t viewed by most as a respectable profession. And regarding writing poetry, it’s a labor of love; even published poets can’t make a living at it. Unless they are dead, that is. 😆

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    1. Haha, well, it’s true that few people get more respect and admiration than dead artists
      ꒰· ◡· ꒱

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  6. K.Hartless says:

    A delicate task, repairing something of little value, but what’s more of it, the creativity of being able to think of the new task to begin with, a new phrase, and then advertise it on your own, even when it’s viewed as useless. Well, in the end, it’s these sorts of people that change the world. Including you and your poems, of course.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Aw, thank you for your kind words, K! (。◕‿◕。)

      Liked by 1 person

      1. K.Hartless says:

        You’re very welcome.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Manka says:

    Almost cried. 😦 So good.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you! ٩( ^ᴗ^ )۶


  8. jonicaggiano says:

    Powerful and very insightful Dragos! Such truth in your words! Thankful you for writing them. Hugs, Joni

    Liked by 2 people

    1. (∩ ^o^)⊃━☆゚.*・。゚ Many thanks, Joni!

      It’s amazing when you write some words to yourself and then find out that they resonate with lots of other people too.
      I guess words that come from the heart will inevitably touch other hearts. That’s gotta be how it works…
      (⋆•́ ◡ •̀⋆ )

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Oh thanks for the extra emojis!! Your writing touches my heart and soul. You write differently my friend. It is unique and brilliant all at the same time. One of the reasons I love MasticadoresIndia is that Terveen is not afraid to push the envelope. Congrats my friend. 🥰🥰

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        1. Thanks!
          That’s why I love MasticadoresIndia too :))
          ⊂( ・ヮ・⊂)

          Liked by 2 people

        2. jonicaggiano says:

          You are most welcome. 🦋

          Liked by 1 person

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