by fortytwo6x7

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The city sounds faded to silence
muffled by the fresh snow
it settled and encrusted 
any stationary object

in a desolate doorway
an old man
was coldly consumed by its touch
and faded to silence

the city woke the next morning
birds sang, ships entered and left port
the tide turned twice
the old man was a stationary object

the next day
by chance passing pouch
investigated the stationary object
it’s owner was aghast

it held a cardboard sign
“will work for food”
his wallet contained not money
but old photographs

each of father and two sons
a section ripped from every image
and one of a young man in uniform
society faded to silence

Forty Two
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Author Notes

Picture Credit :

Thank you to The Hut Owner Blog for the prompts “old photographs” “i’m hungry” and “father” you can view the hut owner blog at

95 % of rough sleepers are men. Being Ex Forces increases your risk of homelessness, across the developed world. Where we send men into battle, we must be prepared to provide services for these men when they return.