Steam Vent Vapors | Mark Tulin

The homeless guy I pass on my way to work

has a collection bowl between his legs,

looking up with teary eyes,

saying the good lord is watching over me

as the steam vent vapors rise in February


Something in those words mattered

as I bent down and gave him some change,

waiting at the bus stop in the snow,

I hear his voice, his lonesome plea:

please spare a dollar for a cup of coffee.

Mark Tulin lives in California. He has authored Magical Yogis, Awkward Grace, The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured in Vita Brevis, Amethyst Review, Ariel Chart, Active Muse, among others. Follow Mark at Crow On The Wire and Twitter, Crow_writer.

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