Out of place, he sits there.
As though ignorant
Of judgment and pity.
Dirt in the creases of his coat,
the pleats of his scarf,
the wrinkles of his face
Disappearing into his aged beard.
Hands around the circle of a cup
Exploring the science of heat and entropy.
He feels the tenderness and kindness
He rubs his hands,
Appreciative of a small moment,
His nose in the stream of steam.
He sips with his eyes closed.
His smile widens.
The short-lived warmth
Travels down his spine.
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