Poetry Week: Jake Cosmos Aller

By: Jake Cosmos Aller

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Just enough for coffee

 

A homeless man

Stood on the street

Counting his change

From panhandling all morning

 

Just had enough for a cup of coffee

All in all

A good start

 

He ambled off to his favorite coffee shop

Where the owner

Was kind to the homeless

 

Sometimes

Treating them to a meal

On the house

 

The man said

I was in your shoes

Once years ago

 

And you never forget

When you are down

And out

 

Everyone forgets your face

No one knows your name

For you are now

Invisible

Almost a ghost

 

The old man tried to pay

The owner said

 

Keep your change

You need it more than me

 

Have a meal with me

My friend

On the house

 

He ordered up

The homeless man’s favorite

Lumberjack special

 

Eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon

Cornbread

Lots of hot black coffee

To wash it down

 

The old man

Often had just one meal a day

Usually, a late breakfast

 

Sometimes if he were lucky

He would have dinner

 

And on a red-letter day

He would have three meals

 

The homeless man

Had been on the streets

For too long

 

Barely remembered his life

Before early-onset Alzheimer’s

 

Robbed him of his job

His dignity

His wife

 

His life

His money

 

Now he drifted

Waiting for the grim reaper

To call him home

 

Any day now

He prayed nightly

To a god

That he no longer believed in

 

Bio: Jake Cosmos Aller

 

 

 

Jake Cosmos Aller is a retired U.S. diplomat living in South Korea. 

His blog is theworldaccordingtocosmos.com 

He served in 10 countries during his 27-Year FS service career. 

He grew up in Berkeley, California and has been to all 50 states and 45 countries.

 

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Connect with Jake and read more of his writing

Linkinlin: https://kr.linkedin.com/in/jakealler

http://www.Writing.Com/authors/Jcosmos

http://www.poetrysoup.com/me/jakecosmos

http://www.moontowncafe.com/members/view_profile.asp?id=28083

https://allpoetry.com/Jake_Aller

 

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