Blow beneath his wings
Carry the note he sings

Whisper silence to searing storm
Calm his feuding norm

He burns in charred choices
Singed in yesteryear voices

Hands wilted and wasted
Frown faced from the hatred

Cigarette caught in faltering fingers
Halted traces of dignity lingers

He shuffles shoeless feet
Down another darkened street

Haunting hunger, absent shelter
His past writing his future

He listens for the rustle
That stills life’s battling bustle

Hoping that Hope will free
The shackles to his liberty


© Jill Roche, 2014
Image by Jill Roche

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