Photo Challenge #76, Hope and Houses, September 1, 2015 – Lofty Abodes


Image: – oprisco

She lived in lofty abodes

He lived in shallow ditches

She dressed in finery

He dressed in what came his way.

She dreamed of love of a life

He dreamed of surviving one more day

She dressed in shoes that displayed her toes

He dressed in shoes that never owned a hole for toes.

They passed each day

She on her way to work

Her eyes downcast

Avoiding contact

Noticing the scruffy man

Who sat outside her condo foyer.

He was a blob in her life

Not sure if he was human

But curious as to why he was there.

He awaited her passing each morning

Sat so she might notice him

Knowing he was nothing in her eyes.

But he admired her finery

Her poise, her focus well away from him.

The girl living in a lofty abode

Never found love

She searched and found

A world devoid of true love.

Every man wanting his piece of flesh

She wasn’t going to give anything away.

One day she dressed in dowdy jeans

Her knees poking out, her shirt torn,

Her finery left on the shelf of her lofty abode

She sat beside the man, took in his smell

Looked closely into his eyes

Saw substance, saw a person,

Talked about her life

Listened to his.

As the sun rose she took him to breakfast

Watched as he are hungrily

Chatted to him over coffee

Realised they had never once smiled

Saw him resigned to his life.

Later she emerged from her lofty abode

Resplendent in her finery

She walked past the man

Resplendent in his poverty

Dropped him a note in her hurry

As life had a hustle and bustle

She knew she had to keep up

Finery came at a price after all.

Each Sunday she came down from her lofty abode

Gathered the man, his rags, his smell

Walked till dawn with him

Each telling the other their story

Then taking him to breakfast

He expressed his gratitude.

She expressed her desire for tolerance

Awareness and compassion.

The man gathered himself inside his rags

Looked at her, her youth so obvious

Her privilege apparent

‘Be you,’ he said. ‘You’ll get to like her.’

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13 Responses to Photo Challenge #76, Hope and Houses, September 1, 2015 – Lofty Abodes

  1. phlor says:

    ‘Be you,’ he said. ‘You’ll get to like her.’: I hope she takes his advice.

  2. Lyn says:

    A different take on the photo than you would expect. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, Michael 🙂

  3. weebluebirdie says:

    I love how how always put an unexpected twist on the challenges 🙂

  4. mandy says:

    On the road, stopped for a cup of soup, and now you’ve given me this wonderful post to ponder. “Be you”…simple and beautiful. Thanks Michael😊

  5. Valida Muse says:

    I love the line, “resplendent in his poverty” most. And the ending is fabulous too.

  6. Really like this poem, enjoyed reading it this morning. Nice blog as well

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