May 21, 2018
Living Latest News | Poll Questions | Concussions | Maine Media College | Boston Red Sox

Biding time

By Hugh Curran, Special to the BDN

A young man squats
by a liquor store
holding forth
matter-of-factly on
stories from maine
his eyes cast down
he bides his time
like a tribal man,
his pride held
in a paper cup
as I haunch down
beside him while the
hurried drop of a coin
briefly salves
a passerby’s gust of


Hugh Curran of Surry is a former co-director of the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth and presently an adjunct professor in Peace Studies at the University of Maine.


Have feedback? Want to know more? Send us ideas for follow-up stories.

You may also like