Señor Street Vendor

Posted by Greg Kennedy, SJ in Our Culture

At the foot of the footbridge

at the foot of the mountain

sitting on his hands

waits the old man

with more patience than teeth.

Beside him his dollhouse store,

which he tends with more devotion

than any pig-tailed, little girl,

and from which he sells enough

to collapse any economy or will.

But all the same

in sun and rain                                                                    

he´s out there losing capital

because it´s better than being bored inside.

He gives me a mint most every day—

no charge—

he´s more anti-system than any anarchist

I´ve known.

When it rains hard I want to call

down the wrath of God upon a world

that soaks a soul so generous,

that tries to chill a heart so kind.

About The Author

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

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Frank on May 16, 2017 - 2:22 AM

Thank you!

kuda on May 16, 2017 - 11:25 AM

this is a good poem resonates well with our own strees vendors in Zimbabwe , you see them by the corner u may think they are good for nothing yet a few words with them you will be amazed at , how powerful there resolve to go through lifes hardship.

Peter Bisson on May 16, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Thank you! Amen