It is 6 AM in the middle of Kansas and

The man wants fried eggs
over hard and bacon and

I've never heard of eggs over hard only over easy, perhaps this is a testament to his life in his breakfast order. Rachel McGuinness, age 18
All simple descriptions, and simple language. Any age could read through without problem. Colin Butgereit, age 20

potatoes and coffee he
is big shouldered he
doesn’t see anything
he just eats and drinks and
scrapes his egg around with
old toast and puts it in
his mouth and chews it up

"he doesn't see anything / he just eats and drinks and / scrapes his egg around with /old toast" I think these are fun lines. I can imagine the man with horse blinders on his face. He eats like he's been eating at this restaurant every morning, no effort in this task. Colin Butgereit, age 20
Constant flow moves poem forward without break, like a movie scene. Josiah Van Dam, age 18
Maybe this poem shows something about the isolation of men in our culture.
The poem shows that he keeps to himself without actually saying it. Samantha Mikita, age 18

he is not a dream of America
his food is not a dream
of America

This is an interesting line, the American dream has in some ways become obsolete, it is still attainable for some but for others it is lost forever. Rachel McGuinness, age 18
The author makes an easy point of reminding the reader that this is just an ordinary place, though the way he writes makes it feel like it isn’t. Olivia Ezinga, age 15

he gets up and
thumbs his check and his
wallet there is money
inside he leaves
a thumbprint on his
glass and the coffee

Thumbprint/glass small but geat detail! Samantha Mikita, age 18
"He leaves a thumbprint on his glass" I like this observation, unexpected, but often seen in food service. Colin Butgereit, age 20

is half gone and cold
and the egg is all gone
and warm in his belly
and it is probably quarter
to seven in Kansas.

“It is probably quarter to seven” shows us a great lapse of time. Olivia Ezinga, age 15
He's an average man with his average meal. Colin Butgereit, age 20
The lack of periods and punctuation gives the poem the essence of almost rambling, yet keeping to the main point. Olivia Ezinga, age 15.
The best run on sentence I've ever read. I think the format and the simplicity help along the fact that it is lacking punctuation. Colin Butgereit, age 20
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