A face for the homeless

I’ve been writing about the homeless who live on an alleyway by my office, in downtown Seattle. There’s an obvious irony in their existence, cast against the large, corporate office for Starbucks and all the commerce and new real estate cropping up around them, in this neighborhood.

I take walks down the alley to separate myself from work and seek inspiration. Yesterday, I noticed a dog in the distance, and a car stopped in the middle of the road. I came upon the dog and the car just as the driver was getting out. The dog was brown, limping, lapping at a puddle: the driver was a business woman.

I thought she would ask me if it was my dog but instead, she cast her voice at the tarp and skid-framed tent beneath a tree, by the fence and the marshaling yard.

“Hey! Is anyone in there? Is this your dog?”

A face came out of the tent and said yes. He called her over. The woman said what a nice dog (the dog actually seemed to smile at us), and drove off.

I hit the end of the street and turned around, to pass the tent again. The dog was laying on the pavement, still in the road, sunning its belly and apparently napping. By its angle on the road, it looked like it might have been hit by a car.

I waved to the homeless guy and kept walking, preparing for my noon-hour meeting, thinking through our value engineering exercise and how we’ll maintain cost neutrality on our exterior drive thru sign package.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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7 Responses to A face for the homeless

  1. sarahlangdon says:

    I love this — the way you juxtapose, the homeless man, his dog, the woman driver, and the really important task of maintaining cost neutrality on the exterior drive thru sign.


  2. rossmurray1 says:

    Michelle suggested you. Thanks, Michelle. And thank you, sir. Thing of beauty.


    • pinklightsabre says:

      Big fan of Canada. Big fan of Michelle. So glad you stopped by for a chat my friend! Look forward to getting to know you. Enjoy your evening and the rest of your week. – Bill


  3. alesiablogs says:

    poetry in motion. Hard for me to handle though. I want to help the homeless. But do they want my help?


  4. Very good! Very cool that you are able to work in the corporate world and still CO EXIST with the less fortunate.


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