Midday. We took a walk through our suburb; it’s so quiet at this time of the year, so lush and green.

Soon the clouds moved in, we heard the thunder and smelt the rain coming closer; we turned and quickened our pace toward home.

I thought he was dead at first, and then I saw the bottle in his embrace and heard a faint, grunting snore.

We got home safely, in time to tie everything down against the storm that flooded the garden within a ten-minute downpour.

I wonder who he is.

I wonder what he once dreamed; when he was a little boy.


39 Comments Add yours

  1. Lidia Theron says:

    So sad, so terribly sad.

  2. Lidia Theron says:

    This is so sad, terribly sad.

  3. Kavita says:

    Hmm.. sad.. I just hope the rain woke him up…and gave him enough time to get home! Poor guy.. But on second thought, who asked him to drink to point of no consciousness?!?! (whheeeww)
    Too many such wanderers on New York streets to wonder about… some bloody-lipped too.. 😦

    1. Liane says:

      What if there is no home for him to go to…

  4. Supa says:

    Very sad and so many like him.

    1. bandsmoke says:

      Hi SC – saying hi, wanted to comment on yours but can’t from here (or maybe it’s just me). Glad things are going so well – Wildie 🙂

  5. Tandy says:

    so sad! please send us the rain xox

  6. bluebee says:

    Yes, Cin, I always wonder how they come to be at this place in their lives – somebody’s son etc. Too many humans who have discarded themselves or who have been discarded. bb.

  7. granny1947 says:

    That is just depressing!!!!

  8. leigh says:

    Reality bites.

  9. souldipper says:

    The one thing that alcohol will not preserve : Dignity. Hope he can soon realize he needs help.

  10. nursemyra says:

    Where are social services when you need them?

  11. Jo says:

    life has some strange paths – Steinbeck’s Cannery Row made me see outties/hobos in a very different light. Happy New Year to you and all of yours, Cin. x

  12. Pseu says:

    A lost soul maybe, but maybe not wishing for anything else? He looks clean and trimmed etc…

  13. Sometimes we need these humblong moments to realise how “good” we really have things!! This rain has been crazy hey?

  14. thysleroux says:

    I’ve often wondered how people “get” to that spot, devoid of any support network.

  15. suzicate says:

    When I see things like that I always wonder what their story is. How sad.

  16. halfp1nt says:

    So terribly sad to see so many people like this, discarded by society and family.

    Hope you’re okay, Cindy?

  17. deepercolors says:

    Lots of those scenes around here. 😦

  18. They say, don’t they: Every mother’s son. Since I had Felix these things have become searing because one cannot predict what life will bring us. Even London’s city financier’s come to this on occasion.

  19. i’ve wondered that before about folks in similar postures. unfortunately, i am ashamed to say i more often think of them in their current situation in life and forget about those dreams. u r right. we need to see both/all parts of them to see them

    1. Liane says:

      You’re not the only one, Sana… maybe also a little ashamed to admit…

  20. slpmartin says:

    What is most sad to me is that there are so many people in that situation..homeless without any hope….how is it that we can spend a country’s wealth on military prowess and ignore people…thanks for the post.

  21. izziedarling says:

    Cin, this is heartbreaking, isn’t it. Bless his heart. xo iz

  22. Liane says:

    True Cindy. What DID he dream and where did it all go wrong? I’m sure he didn’t start out planning it this way… 😦

  23. nrhatch says:

    According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 643,067 sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons nationwide on a single night in January 2008.

    Additionally, about 1.6 million persons used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program during the 12-month period between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008.

    This number suggests that roughly 1 in every 200 persons in the US used the shelter system at some point in that period.

  24. Who knows what happened in this man´s life on that particular day ? or earlier ? Why did he drink so much ? To forget ? To escape ? We will never know. Just see him in this present sad situation.

  25. Bee says:

    I’ve come across similar men before (sometimes much younger) and wondered the same sort of things. Wondered whether to do anything or just let them sleep….

  26. Lyndatjie says:

    Where are their families, their friends, their loved-ones? How do you end up completely alone on the sidewalk preferring a bottle of booze over people who care about you? This saddens me… 😦

  27. bandsmoke says:

    I wonder what he dreams when he closes his eyes, does he still have a hearts desire? Hope you’re ok in your stillness Cindy?

    Regards Wildie

  28. klrs09 says:

    Just say a little prayer that there are still people who love him — and that he makes his way back to them. You are a kind and gentle soul, Cindy, you took the time to see him.

  29. Tammy McLeod says:

    I hope there is someone to help him. I hope he can recall those dreams.

  30. valbrussell says:

    There are many reasons people live on the street. I lived on the street. I didn’t drink or do drugs. I was abused, had my child abducted, was living in the us without legal status because I was a fool. When my time in the domestic violence shelter ran out I was sent to the homeless shelter and when my time there ran out I slept on a patch of grass not unlike his because I had nowhere to go, no family and I was still searching for my little girl. You wouldn’t know it now though. 🙂 You never know what that man’s future is, but in the end, it is his. HUGS Cindy for posting this, you are a lady in every sense of the word.

  31. So poignant, Cin – the words and the pic. These storms must hit many people hard…

  32. Rita says:

    Beautiful post, Cindy. After all this joyful time of feasts and celebration, we are all back to reality. But the point is that for many people there’s no joyful celebration and we too often forget about that.

  33. … and I wonder who his mother was … So terribly sad. I’m not sure why I always wonder about the mothers. It’s not about blame, by the way. That I know. More about heartache.

  34. buttercup600 says:

    So very sad, it happens all over the world, I see it here as well. Been missing you my friend, slowly making my way back. Happy times for 2011. oxoxox

  35. What a frightfully sad way to start the New Year!

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