Homeless men gather in a small knot by the Sprucewood library
Sharing cigarettes and some baked goods from a clear, plastic container
It is an iconic scene.
The group breaks up slowly
Hesitant and with resignation
Leaving cigarettes embedded in the cracks in the sidewalk.
The last one to leave, stoops down
and puts a clear, plastic container on the ground, in a bed of weeds
filling it with water from his bottle
” It’s for the birds” he says.
Days later, I walk by and see a sparrow
Drinking this small gift of kindness.