Today is so cold. The wind is howling and the grey skies are bleak. But I can stay indoors and keep warm. I can stay in bed if I want to, with my duvet bunched around me like a warm and comforting cloud. I can cook, and I can make delicious warming drinks. I am worried, like many of us, about these challenging times, and the pandemic that is stubbornly refusing to go away. But I can spend my time worrying in a safe place. I can lock my doors. I have a small, but peaceful corner in this turbulent world.
I think about the man I met one day and who had the deepest sadness in his eyes. He was in a place that any of us could be in, given a downturn in circumstances. I wonder if he ever found a haven of his own. I hope he is warm and that he has been shown kindness. I hope he may have been able to reconnect with a life that obviously had meant so much to him long ago.
The Man on the Corner There's a man who lives in a doorway Just across the street He sits upon a pile of rags, His dog just by his feet It's like he is invisible To those who rush on by, And even those who say 'hello' Can't look him in the eye. One day, I see him in the park, His aimless gait is slow, He pulls his coat around him As the cold wind starts to blow. 'Hello Luv,' he says to me, 'I'm afraid it's getting dark, You may not want to linger here It can be dangerous in this park.' But I sit with him upon the bench, And we look upon the plaque Dedicated to someone's long lost love Who was never coming back. And we talk about the weather How it was cold for the time of year, As if it was quite normal For him to live out here. 'I had a life once,' he turns and says With a glimmer in his eyes, And I imagine him in different times, As he stands to say goodbye. (C) Lyn Halvorsen