talked to a homeless guy today
we sat under a tree in the shade
but it was hot anyway
he was ripe
i’d been running so i was too
no water between us

he did the talking
first about his health
a melanoma in one eye
he felt good though
second about his addictions
i gave him a five
third about the bush he slept under
he said it was the safest place to be

he didn’t get around to friends or family
or his youth or professional history
he was living in the moment
which is what you’re supposed to do, right?

for dVerse Poets Pub

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11 Responses

  1. Good ending about living in the moment.

  2. Not just a portrait of a person, but of a society that dehumanizes him because they don’t understand that this is just what you’re supposed to do.

  3. I enjoyed this, you have a very fresh and real style – and we choose a similar character/topic 🙂

  4. This actually makes me ask myself about the wisdom in living in the moment.

  5. A portrait which provides a side/perspective we do not think of very often — it is so well written and profiled. I really like your line-breaks and the overall flow of the verse. 🙂

  6. Lovely paradox of irony and compassion. I still think you made the case for living in the moment. How else survive? Where else can we stand than in the moment, if we wish to engage with each other?

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