Excerpts From the Literary Magazine Written by the Homeless: Short, Sweet, Written on a Receipt

A reprint from The Pilgrim.
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The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, home to The Pilgrim.

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, home to The Pilgrim.

Shame, like whiskey, is not for children.
Shame is no laughing matter.
If there is a mote of hubris left in you,
homelessness can beat it out
like a washerwoman beating a rug.
My first hour with an empty cup outstretched
taught me that invisibility had
always been in my grasp. Shame
tastes like too many cigarettes
staving off our unspeakable hunger.

A version of this story originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Pacific Standard as a sidebar to "Street Scribes."

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