You Matter, Yes You Do

Blue hair,

no teeth 

sorting through her goodwill bag

green and blue polished nails,

30 random bracelets, 

Star Wars shirt,

pow pow cartoon pants, 

empty beer bottles, 

bear socks 

blue and orange tennis shoes untied,

through the window she points to a homeless camp and 

tells me that’s her home,

trash, graffiti,

city in clouds 

slow drizzle,

Portland rain.

She is you and I 

on a road we didn’t take, 

a choice we made or didn’t

in fate’s murky lake.

Her message was quite simple.

I’m a human first, like you.

My message was quite heartfelt,

You matter, yes you do.

CRR 4-5-16

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