“A Silent Film in December”

Silent on asphalt,
a sandaled young girl …
sweets offered
on flattened palms

searching, lonesome eyes;
people ignore her,
conversations move past,
toward the Virgin’s basilica

A child hugging close
in fearful expression
of winter’s solstice approach


10 responses to ““A Silent Film in December”

  1. how sad she goes unnoticed…and how many times do we really not notice or just dont want to be bothered…on the way to church and failing at its mission…nice one pamela….i hope you have a lovely christmas

    • It is so odd to me, Brian. The people here are quite religious and yet they pay no mind to these indigenous who travel from the sierras to sell candy, woven baskets, etc… the girls are generally very young with a least one baby in tow. They are always wearing sandals as well.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. I agree with Brian. So sad that a child is ignored as people move to the basilica. It shouldn’t be that way. It wasn’t meant to be that way.

    Just want to say: Merry Christmas, Pam!

  3. great capture of a sad scene that happens all too often…glad you noticed her… merry christmas!!

  4. awww, thanks for joining me in bringing to bear the ugly side of happy time of year, pamela. none of us like to think about the dark side of this time of year and how lonely gets magnified. thanks for sharing. . .


  5. How often we don’t see what’s offered, or offer what’s needed–too many people are invisible to each other in this world. Merry Christmas, Pamela.

    • Joy, they are indeed. I feel such loss for these young girls. I understand they live very meagerly. It also terrifies me seeing them standing on 4 and 6 lane highway medians. When the traffic light turns red they walk from car to car, generally their babies are sitting on the medians waiting. You would think after 10 years I would have become accustomed to it, but I am not. A merry Christmas to you! ( I think I have told you that 3 times now, lol)

  6. Hi Monty, it is pleasure to meet you. Yes, life is not all about happy, even at this time of year, is it?

I appreciate all comments.

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