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cold empty beach daytime mine in slow pacing
walk seaside lone thought view nature calm being
ice mist breath steam air drift upwardly rising
silent fall rain glowing distant horizon

rough wooden steps climbing drizzle escaping
under paint-peeled tin shelter sit comfort dry bench
second-hand wool coat pulled tightly be nearer
grateful safe cover hide weather surrounding

slam-bang-clap thunder shock sound living instant
seagulls soar screeching unbridled call flurry
car too loud roar fast distant road racing
hip hop play beat rap maybe snoop dog or dre

guy my age similar enters shelter stop my spot
rain bucket down hard song sky teaming earth
drink sip fast him skull wine golden in bottle
drag rolled cigarette smoke breathe deeply in needing

grey matted hair damp drip beard chin cold facing
thin denim shirt no ease man shiver biting
ripped jeans in tatters tied belt crusted holding
ice pink feet tremble thongs rubber squelch slippery

smiling eyes both meet each other mid-winter
fucking cold utters out he
indeed said from me
his bedroll and bag stuffed without home it whispers
offers me cigarette i decline offer friendly

tears cloud his eyes green glimmer painful him bearing
not sure what’s so wrong ask you doing ok mate
not really responds he in sigh wandering mumble
in tender our truthful gift moment found offer

showers stop clouds part slight above sharing moment
peep glimpsing sun beckon us walkers from rest
rainbow appears great as all those before seen
stripe colour spun magic paint picture poetic

wow it’s so beautiful says he outward gazing
it definitely is reply me answer gentle
stand him hold out hand two men grip built fresh bonded
shake we tight know selves care
leaves he our shared shelter

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