"Hopeless Sack For A Shadow"


(December 3, 2019)

cold homeless man

tows shadow, a hopeless sack

empty ‘fore the sun*

*(Finally happened: it got cold. Sunrise at just 38 degrees Fahrenheit. I wore longer and heavier shorts and the heaviest cotton long-sleeve teeshirt under another thick tee.. Only my unpocketed hand protested. When I got downtown I looked across the parking lot and saw what I knew by shuffle – aimless and downcast eyes – was a homeless man wearing long jeans and what appeared to be a too-thin “sweatshirt.” He was towing a modest sized black plastic bag by a long neck, it seemed as the still just-risen sun foreshadowed. Then, I realized it was no towed bag of empty hopes but the man’s shadow itself, now and then projected up against the backdropped yellow tall “picket” fence hiding the dumpster from view along the alley. I use that dumpster occasionally when I must micturate and it still is too early for public convenience. Sanford, Florida, USA’s homeless are both too few and more regulated – both by self and authorities to become a visual, auditory, and refuse-producing blight: we already have all the litter a swiftly flowing car of thoughtless entitled “homed” people to justify blaming the unhoused entirely. For a time I was embarrassed at my misidentification of the sack and of course of the man who and what he towed until I sussed the shadow. I stopped to scrawl an haiku to fix the image. Whatever and however I have missed the mark, may that man – in all his iterations, find a big bag of hope as he trudges down that sun-filled alleyway in what passes for frigid early December.)

5 thoughts on “"Hopeless Sack For A Shadow"

    • Naw, your worship: it is life I blame and the willingness to look and to stand over the self-censor device we are issued upon our earliest education. Besides, Lady Yasmin, it is thee who am there to amaze me. Reminds of a famous tag from Robert Anson Heinlein’s Stranger In A Strange Land: “Thou Art God!”

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      • Thus, ‘your good friend’ wishes you so much more bout which to be found ‘happy.’ And, I am sure you know your many loyal and enriched fans send bushels of “basks” with love and amazes your way with each clacket-clack you consider and we get to read. I would be so very unsurprised were you charged extra by the cherubs who tote your o’erflowing love- and kudo-mail and return the recompense thrice (at least!) over in their grins and ahhhs.

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  1. Meant that in the most respectful way, m’dear. I wonder, though: when God looks at us he must see behind all t he tarnish his own reflection hiding in there aching to get out.

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