Monday, December 11, 2017

The Stranger

The Stranger

The stranger you pass along the street
The shadow that floats along the cold concrete
The person you sit beside in the subway car
The lost soul who vanished from humanity’s radar

The old lady praying by the empty pew
The fine bordeaux compromised by a rusty corkscrew
The runt of the litter abandoned by all
The drug addict anticipating the embrace of alcohol

The student who was lost in a full classroom
The fetus aborted before it could exit the mother’s womb
The singer who found himself lost for words
The writer contemplating a world ravaged by the absurd

The cleric who forfeited his faith in God
The actor silenced by the nameless who dared not applaud
The neighbour dying a lonely death next door
The soldier readying to kill in an arm's-length war


Thank you,
Joseph Pede

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