Night on the town

“People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes.”    – Sheila McKechnie

“Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless.”

– Pras Michel

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”    – Mother Teresa

Night on the town

Hunched slightly forward

He shuffles

From the steps

Of the coffee house

An old yarn cap

Pulled down

Hiding shaggy grey hair

Hands tremble

Clinging to a small paper cup

Hand out coffee

Black skin

Mingles with the night

His slight form

Hovers over

The un-cleared table

On the sidewalk

A ragged coat

Nearly swallows him

Turning cautiously

Side to side

He claims a half eaten baguette

As his own
Huddled tightly

In a white plastic chair

He savors this feast

Morsel by morsel

Plucked from a hiding place

Beneath his arm

Tonight will be good

Without the pangs

Of hunger

He can brave the cold

Bisous,

Léa

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About Léa

A wanderer who has found home in the South of France.
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10 Responses to Night on the town

  1. you caught a moment in time perfectly – beautifully rendering of a subject that needs to come to light

  2. i wonder if homelessness in America is different than in Oz, because of having less government support? Or maybe we need to look at the homeless here, differently. You’re so right – homeless is not necessarily inadequate (though I guess sometimes it is).

  3. i want t o give him a coat

  4. claudia says:

    you made me see him.. really well penned lea..and i love that mother teresa quote…so true..she was a wise woman and has seen a lot during her life..

  5. A sad, but happy write with a message that needs to be shared often. I enjoyed it and all that you shared in your heart’s words!

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