No Gifts


I man sits on a bench

Eating a sandwich

In front of a store

He watches as families enter

The kids leave happy

Their parents please at themselves

This repeats as he eats

He finishes

A man and his daughter stop

They are window shopping

The girl asks to go in

With a tried face the fathers says they can’t

He knows that look

His father would give him the same look

It meant they didn’t have the money

The father and daughter leave disappointed

He looks at his reflection in the storefront

He stares wondering will that be his fate

His alarm goes off

Back to work

He puts on the apron that is next to him

He goes into kitchen of the restaurant next door

Head hung low

For he knows the answer all to well

He will share his father’s fate

It breaks his heart

Day #285 SJD © 2019 Segundo Juan Devora. All Rights Reserved.

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