Travelers Welcome

Travelers Welcome

Thursday, November 24, 2011


by M. Elaine Moore         
Last minute Thanksgiving details,
     and trip into town.
He stands along the roadside,
     fighting the bitter wind.
Tattered coat, torn gloves,
     boots having seen a thousand miles.
A single plea written on cardboard.
There will be no feast for him,
     no warm bed tonight.
I stop to offer hot cocoa and cash,
     and I say, "God bless you, sir."
A solid nod in return. "He does. Every single day."
The man smiles around a hundred wrinkles,
And I learn the meaning of thankful.

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