shoes were made of rubber.
used to tie at the top but now the shoelaces are torn, insulted
pieces of what they once were, now unused, hanging listlessly.
They used to keep the water out. But now I can see his brown,
dusty fee through the crack that has traveled from his ankle almost
to his toes. They don't look to comfortable but I see no pain
in his face.
he have other shoes?
think -- maybe, no. And if so, maybe only those he wears
on special occasions - church services, birthdays, weddings.
Other days he just chooses to wear no shoes at all and lets the mud
seep through his toes.
I bet his children have shoes.
he want other shoes? Probably. But when given the choice
of a pair of shoes or a meal for his family, he chooses wisely.
hard does he have to work? How many days to afford the $25
watch I am wearing? Most likely a week.
he wears no watch.
just wakes up before dawn and knows it's time to go to work.
To live. And hopefully, one day, to enjoy.
met this man today. His name is Marco.