Poor guy… dirty, hot, and walking around aimlessly all day. Seen him posted in front of the store bumming for squares. A beautiful girl comes out and walks past him… he looks, smiles, and shakes his head. He likes what he sees, but she doesn’t even acknowledge his existence. I get out of my truck and head towards the entrance to the store. The girl gets closer and she smiles a little nervous smile and I nod as I pass her. I get closer to the guy looking for a smoke and he says “ hey bro hella fine huh? U gotta smoke?”… “yeah man, I guess she’s alright…but I don’t smoke bro, sorry.” Then I hear someone say, “ hey!” I turn around and it’s the girl… “hey, u gotta smoke?” She says standing there smiling and posing. Wth is it with cigarettes?!!! “No, I don’t smoke. But this guy here tho has one!” I said a little annoyed. The homeless guy shifts around nervously and looks at me like wtf! “ Go ahead bro…Shoot ur shot, good luck!” I said, smiling mischeviously a little. Then I turned my back on them both and went into the store shaking my head… life.

Published by Pack Redfeather

I am a walking contradiction of traditions some say. An African American and Native American Muslim poet with a personal life history as violently turbulent as a Storm. A visionary from the bottom of life’s social barrel striving to share the hope found in the light of faith through sometimes dark but real poetry. I’m a former member of the Bloods street gang, former serial bank robber, and both federal/state prison convict. I live on my mother’s tribal reservation of the Leech Lake band of Ojibwe in Minnesota.

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