Friday, May 16, 2008

An Inadvertent Monk

I met Laron

a vagrant

on a freight train

When he offered me a blanket

I thought it was a trick

to steal from me.

When he turned down money and said

“you know me…I just ride trains”

as the train pulled away

to parts unknown

to him

I envisioned him in saffron robes

walking heal to toe.


following the teachings of a man

whose teaching Laron didn't know.

I think of him often

wonder if I will ever see him again

would like

but don’t need to.


Anonymous said...

Hi James,

I miss you.


djinn said...

Is this the guy you gave some water to and he took only a tiny bit?

james said...


djinn said...

I think you should change "bum" to "layabout." Sounds like so much more fun.