Poetry Week: Jake Cosmos Aller

By: Jake Cosmos Aller


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



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


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


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






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