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Monday, November 17, 2014

Roadside Begger

Carpe Diem #607, 
Road Side Beggar 
(a haiku by Nana Fredua-Agyeman)

Inspiration and additional poems can be found here.

With the cold weather there seems to be more people standing at certain intersections.  More than a few work in groups.  Taking turns huddling in a group at the top of the overpass.  The red traffic signal is a green light for one of  the folks to walk along the line of cars.  Usually the person is holding a sign asking for the needs of the day, food or money.  It is interesting to see the different responses.  Some folks have packages ready to hand out the window.  Others will avert their eyes to avoid the contact.  Other folks hand some cash out the window.  Saw a person hand a tee shirt to the person.  I vacillate between each of these scenarios.  Bottled water is good especially in the summer.

The begging is so prevalent in some areas it has almost become a competition.  On man was juggling balls. There were some of the folks singing.  One was playing a horn.  Competitive begging.

life needs written on cardboard
looking for a smile

grass stained jeans
scruffy beard and hair
gotta a dollar?

gated community
veteran walks by the fence
empty birdfeeders
©  Janice Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


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