*This poem was inspired by the short story "Thank you M'am" by Langston Hughes.*
Hunger and dirt engulfs you,
a full purse passes you by.
But it may cause you to lose your balance.
She may shake you so hard you teeth rattle,
drag you down the street
and report you to the police.
But she may also drag you into her home,
wash your face
and say “eat some more.”
You may say “Forgive me m’am and thank you.”
But she has already forgiven and forgotten.