A exploration of spiritual stillness, 30 day fast of reading, studying and practicing the 26th verse of Tao Te Ching. (Living Calmly) The month long spiritual exercise in accepting and being gracious for what lies ahead.  Being a avid hack writer, I’ll post 30 days consecutively, thoughts on “Being Content.” Poems, exercises, take-home assignments, etc.

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Day 22, “Loved Yet”

*****
the bus terminal stench, awakes his senses
he pays no attention,
foul smell accompanies him
trash holds his food
he sleeps in boxes
the abyss of man’s bowls
*****
Never afraid, even when he was stabbed
under the viaduct, which housed him
he noticed, his belongings overthrown
it was to late, the knife warmly
slid into his shirt, skin and lung
glass filled dirt caught his body
*****
never been stabbed, first experience
blood stain shirt,froze his mind,
to that day he became homeless
housed by his brother, after he lost his job
in the apartment one day,
money had come up missing
wife’s accusation proved enough,
he was asked to leave
*****
the ground moves under his feet
his eyes try keep up
but this day, they were slow
to witness the killer’s knife
paramedic shouted words
no answer,
to interrupt felt wrong
assaults comes with the life
cops, teenagers, bullies
get kicks on the destitute
each punch, “I’m better then you”
*****
his heart beats slower, he’s alone
EMT’s no longer excerpting techniques
the ambulance resends its sounds
slower, the blood flows, slower
a homeless junkie delivered to
its final resting,
a soothing mist clouds his eyes
peacefully sheltering the sorrow
he accepts the moment
death has done
what life could not…
*****
his soul gathered for departure,
how lonely the mutterings sounds
hate spew upon him
a body stain with urine and feces,
he didn’t wondered why
life creeps away
eyes open, heart pause
he past

“Loved Yet?”

by robert williams

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