Poetry Monday: When Hobos Come from the Shadows

I used my coat to hide
My head from the cold
I heard the sound of the interstate
As if a window was open
I opened my artificial cocoon 
And a shadowed face
Stared back at mine
He mumbled words
And I shook my father
In the driver’s seat
As he stirred, the shadow man
Took a pack of cigarettes
He mumbled more and tried
To take a bottle of pills
My father grabbed the bottle
And yelled, “No you can’t get high
It’s just aspirin”
The shadow man still reaching
Over me backed away
I shut and locked the door
My father and I
We collected ourselves
The man came back
My father stepped out
With a large, heavy flashlight
The shadow man asked for a light
One of the cigarettes he just stole
My father obliged, and the man left
I was 15 it was February
By interstate 40 in Albuquerque
There was a police station down the road
My father thought this bum came from detox
We got back on the interstate to Flagstaff
We never forgot to lock the doors 
When sleeping on the roadside

From the poetry collection Men Are Garbage.

The Virtue of Reaching Out

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Thrown to the ground

In nothing but a sheet

She shivers, trembles, and shrinks

Into the hot sand

Wishing, praying, begging that

it might swallow her whole

Harsh voices raising, roaring,

Accusing, Branding, Charging

Spit and spittle splatter

Flung against her face

Rock rumble in hungry hands

Waiting, wanting, to be thrown

Then,

He is there

Extending, Offering

A Hand

The Seven Virtues were created to combat each of the Seven Deadly Sins. These Seven Virtues first appeared tied together in an epic poem titled Pschomachia, written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor of the 400s AD. To battle Envy, there is kindness.

Image result for jesus and the adulterous womanKindness is the act of showing compassion or mercy to someone who may or may not deserve it. Kindness can be shown in small or large ways. This poem was inspired by the kindness that Jesus showed the adulteress in John 7.

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