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A homeless gentleman I often see near my home. Many regard him as a nuisance, but I know a metaphor when I see one.

The Tramp

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse05 Aug 2015

A weather-beaten tanned
White-haired stoop
Drags him down
Steep streets to the sea.

Random shouts at gulls,
At affronted shoppers,
At embarrassed children
And raucous white vans

Defy ridicule and indifference
With incoherent commentaries
On everything catching
Wild yellow-stained eyes.