Friday, March 6, 2015

Looking for the Mother

Looking for the Mother           

Another toddler, the second in as many days, gone
wandering without clothes out into bone-shock cold,               

-30 wind chill. This one still alive, spotted and brought
inside by a neighbour. Police are looking for the mother.

Later in Longo’s, in the busy produce section, this small
old man with pinkish juice flecked with seeds dribbling

down his chin, evidence of a snatched piece of fruit he
ducks his head in vain to conceal. Ragged clothes, thin

and old—someone should tell him to wait at least till he’s
in a quiet aisle and to stock his empty cart with some items.

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