A Morning Walk
Fall of 2016
Presentable. Looks can deceive,
and yet we hasten to judge, "Get a job."
The distance between a sidewalk
and a park bench can be measured
by inches, dollars, or days. As a
bystander, I remind myself that
lives are created or destroyed
by those metrics.
"Homeless 97% Blind
Veteran. Give what u
Can Afford Please.
Booze - 16 years without
Smokes - 38 years without
Drugs - Never taken or tried."
I have the luxury to
analyze this situation.
Within the juxtaposition of words and reality
adjacency is sometimes a coincidence.
"DREAM. PLEASE EXCUSE OUR APPEARANCE..."
Someone less fortunate than me offers
a helping hand. Shamefully, I cannot
say that this is a coincidence.
I ask myself, "Who hasn't dreamt of being
young and rich."
I harbor that thought not with sarcasm, not
as dark humor, but with a keen awareness of
the irony in this scene.
The word 'humility' comes to mind. Beneath
the surface, there lurks a sense of guilt.
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