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Can You Blame Me?

October 4, 2016

 

 

An honest question

Delivered in an

Aggressive manner

 

'How can I get a meal out here?'

 

He yelled to no one

In particular

But his problem was real

 

Unlocking my bike

I stopped

Paused

And decided to

Engage

 

“Any luck today?”

I knew the answer

But this gave me a sense of

The individual

In front of me

 

Optimistic or Pessimistic?

 

He wasn’t expecting me to

Acknowledge him

 

His mannerisms immediately changed

Looking down at the curb

He mustered a

'No not really'

 

He held his hand,

And in moving his fingers,

Revealed a freshly formed

Gash around his knuckles

 

"What happened to you?"

 

He could tell I cared

 

'I got mad

Cop woke me up

I was drunk

He caught me off guard-

I got angry

Can you blame me?'

 

He sounded sorry,

But I wasn’t there to pass judgement

Or validate an opinion

 

I could only think of whether or not

I wanted to share my fish tacos with him

 

The more we talked

The more anxious he got

 

Luckily we had some space

Separating us on the street

 

He continued talking

'I’ve been homeless a few weeks'

 

Hopefully he figures out that

anger

Won’t get him any meals

 

Wishing him well

I hopped on my bike and although

I didn’t share my meal with him

We shared a conversation


And he seemed grateful for that

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