Night on the town

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

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein

“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

Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

11 thoughts on “Night on the town”

      1. Unfortunately, it is still relevant and that is why I dusted it off and posted it. The coffee house where it happened was very recently smashed up during the protesting and rioting in Sacramento. Though far away, a friend keeps me posted and there was more than enough of it on Youtube. Thanks again.

      2. Paints a sad and accurate picture and takes you directly to that moment in time.

      3. Unfortunately. I wrote it near the K Street mall just after a reading. It was so many years ago and despite the summer, I can still feel the chill.

    1. No. It does not. There is a growing segment of homeless that are children… where are they to go to be safe? Perhaps it is time to write more about that?

    2. Thank you for the kind comment. The restaurant/cafe where that was written was a recent victim to the rioting in Sacramento.

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