Street Stories

Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

After Memorial Day for Don M.

I rode through downtown on the bus
   Like I do nearly every day,
                 Glumly staring out the window
    Trying not to think about all the work
               Waiting for me. 
 In your place I saw a homeless guy,
          Hunkered down
                      In a way you would have hated.
He wasn’t selling newspapers or anything
Just lying there
                                Out of the wind, a few bags with him.
That was your place. 
 You stood there, selling newspapers every day, never missed.
 Now, your current place
   Is better suited to your situation,
A place where people salute, and flags are given away
To families of the heroes,
Where your friends gathered to tell stories and shed tears,
The grass is green. It is quiet. 
 I can picture you setting aside your book and telling me
                                                                         About life.


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