Posted in October 2019, Rhyme

At the Red Light

Cardboard sign saying “Need 25 Cents”

Middle aged lady

Looking tense,

Holds cardboard sign,

“Need 25 Cents”

Curious, I roll my window down.

“Just a quarter? Why?”

“I’m saving money,

A bus ticket to buy”

“My husband just died,

Family don’t care,

Want me to leave too,

But I need bus fare”

“A friend in Arizona

Told me she’d give me a room

I just need to get there,

Need to go very soon”

“So I’m saving quarters,

or whatever I can,

To leave this place,

That’s my plan.”

Only cash I had was a few coins.

“It’s all I have to give” I say

“It adds up” she smiles,

“Thanks for helping me today”

The light turns green,

I wave a quick Good bye,

“God Bless” I say

Thankful I took time to ask why.

In two minutes at a red light

It’s amazing what you can learn,

Just roll your window down,

And show some concern.

Rhyme