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Homeless

The lawyer
who could eat your lunch
ate his quickly
on a cold outdoor bench,
when a revealing breeze 
introduced the pungent odor 
of his new neighbor.
The steely-haired vagrant’s
rumpled visage 
acknowledged by
a right honorable disdain,
he quickly opined
one loses the ability 
to sense one’s own stench 
after days of pissing.
He wondered about
days in his cruel world,
full of encounters
with untrustworthy adversaries,
manipulative lies to get needed cash,
cutthroat tactics and
rummaging through receptacles
of worthless papers.
And he imagined what the
dreary evening’s routine 
must be like --
riding the last Metro,
shuffling into his shelter,
getting quietly buzzed,
and not hearing from the family
who gave up on him
a long time ago.

On the emptied park bench
a rather cheerful transient 
grabbed food scraps left by the lawyer who, 
after a well-considered reflection,
seemed very much
alone.


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  1. Date: 7/12/2011 11:00:00 AM

    I enjoyed reading the words that flowed from your pen onto the paper from which you posted your excellent poetry today Rhys. Thank you for sharing. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 9:04:00 PM

    I might like it better with a little bit of punctuation, it's hard to read, great message though, and would be well written with punctuation. It seems like you just broke up sentences into poetic form though.