Friday Beggars

Red gaping mouths;

the beggars are out –

paan-spitting, nail splitting,

scratching hard tinted glass.

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Options are simple – using pathos or fear

keep people’s attention long enough so they hear -

long enough so they see; so they must cast a glance

on lives torn to shreds by choices or chance.

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Aggressively pleading,

demanding,

despair.

Discomfort,

cold shivers,

in the dirty, hot air.

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Dhaka 2014

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