Helping in the Winter


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Ten dollars

Thirty degrees

A seven digit phone number of a helping agency.

She says her power’s getting cut off.

Why can’t I help?

I carry a card, plastic.

Plastic don’t help nobody.

Plastic say to you homeless person I ain’t got no cash,

I’m sorry,

I’m sorry.

And I remember a man who gave his last few dollars to a homeless man on the street,

In a wheelchair-



Didn’t think twice.

I remember thinking

Why can’t we just tell him-


I only got plastic.

I can’t help you.

I’m sorry.


Written, 12.30.14; Published, 1.20.15


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