Revelation

A Memoir by Al Poole, Part 3   He was sitting in Pershing square, a park located between 5th and 6th avenues of downtown Los Angeles. The park’s best days were well behind it, as it was the current hang out for low-income seniors, hustlers, L.A.’s homeless, thugs, sexual deviants, and the mentally ill. The …

On Living and Dying Day 8 by Alfred Poole

Ode to the daffodil – a giver of light. By Alfred Poole   Every spring in my city of Seattle, Washington, hundreds of children, adults and seniors take to the downtown streets and neighborhood centers with one task in mind: to freely give everyone they meet a daffodil and smile. Unlike the hundreds of religious …

Death of a New Pair of Shoes

A Memoir by Al Poole, Part 2   He watched with fascination as the salesman measured his feet. He did not remember any one taking the time before. His toes were already permanently curled from wearing shoes too small. The youth center counselor who had become attached to the young man knew he was headed …

A Trip to the Doctor

A Memoir by Al Poole, Part 1   The middle aged man took another look at his passenger and resolved to put what he knew were unreasonable thoughts out of his head. His job as a youth counselor at the local detention center was a blessing for a black man in Norfolk, Virginia in the …