Shuffling Along King Street
Towers of glass thrust from a city
of commerce, as monuments to society,
like jeweled ads leapfrogging
against the skyline.
Ten or twelve floors below Spring litter
includes Tim Horton cups,
tossed Subway wraps--cigarette
butts adding to the march of debris
no one seems to notice.
Shoppers arrive from a hot bath,
or watching TV, perhaps a nice nap. As
late night soldiers, tourists also inhabit
shopping malls and busy downtown corners
where empty pockets are waiting,
shoe leather worn thin
a subdued voice asking any passersby,
--some change for a coffee?
© Richard L. Provencher