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In the Shadows

Story ID:11084
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:Retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Truro Nova Scotia Canada
Year:15
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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In the Shadows

Billy has a laboured drag,
wheel-chair in tow and his body
anchored in pain

he arrives slowly down the
sidewalk, even weaving at times.
Walkway too narrow
with portly passers-by
barely
shuffling past,
their dignity in check. Not

minding them at all, this young
man has felt the pang of
sad moments too often, now a
veteran of bruised feelings

a nuisance at times in a crowd
wheels stuck in slow motion;
yet, there is gain in the pain

as sunset ends the day, and
tomorrow it may rain.

(c) 2015 Richard L. Provencher