The Scavenger

The Scavenger

By Apolinario Villalobos

I saw you there

kneeling by the garbage basket

with hands busy sorting out

the needed and not needed ones

among those in that dump.

I saw you there

Kneeling by the garbage basket

From time to time putting to mouth

Morsels of rice and bits of meat

Thrown by conscienceless man.

I saw you there

kneeling by the garbage basket

unmindful of the rushing crowd

who did not stop

and throw you a glance, but

anyway, here’s a bag of bread.