Her Name Is Judy

On his way to the convenience store

The man stopped

To reach

deep into his pocket

And withdrew the only coin he had

Which was a toonie.

His thumb rubbed the golden center

As he caressed the queen’s face

And with a gentle gesture

Handed the coin to the seemingly broken girl.

With cat’s eyes and a cheshire grin,

she accepted the coin.

Matching her, as if to say I understand,

He took two steps forward and then

Doubled back.  Extended his hand.

He murmured, “Hey, I’ve been walking for a long time;

And I’m about to go have a coffee and warm up.

Why don’t you join me?”

And that’s all it took.

(With gratefulness extended to Analia Baggiano for the great photo)

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