doll face leathered brown
with rosy streaks of blush
so jarring
as she holds her coffee
absent hand to smooth hair
pulled back
i hear her say to me –
fifteen years on the street
and in january

she smiles, sips,
feeling warm.

1 Comment

  1. Jody Costa says:

    author's note: I met “Denise” in a coffee shop in Baltimore. She has lived homeless for fifteen years and yet, at that moment, the only important thing was warmth and someone to talk to… which is, of course, where I came in…

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