‘Manufactured Homes’


Water Marks   urbansketchers.org

He was sitting
on the side`walk
sipping a cup of coffee
surrounded by his ‘home’
six shopping carts chock`full
of his earthly possessions
all plastic`bag`sacked
to keep the rains
from flooding

One after another
he would slowly push
the packed sacks of his 
old life across the traffic
from this corner to the other
always with a green`light
only in the cross`walks
coffee cup his kettle
catching quarters

    ‘Til one day he was gone
    to where no one would say

“Last night the hawk in my headlights rose out of field grass
tall as the hand-lettered sign, ‘Manufactured Homes’.
Dwelling on good and evil, I became this sudden light
thrown where a wing rides on ethics.” 
~ Michael Daley


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to ‘Manufactured Homes’

  1. too many people homeless all over the world – including here in New Zealand

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