street person | A Poem by Rick Davis | PAROUSIA Magazine


she walks smoothly
so fragile

in her loneliness
and as she smiles

it is as though
all the winds

go to heaven.
she speaks to air –

i imagine in some
distant kitchen

wrapped in abandoned

her bright pink dress
is covered in

wooden clothespins.
she slides on damp cement –

fluid melodic. she is in Christ —
the strongest image of the city.




Rick Davis lives in the Chicago area, USA.  He is married to Marianne. Marianne has five children, and twenty-four grand & great-grandchildren.  They have a loved cat & dog.  Rick graduated from Northeastern Illinois University, and several graduate schools.  He’s has worked in market research and other positions.  He has worked as a volunteer pastoral counselor at Blind Service Association in Chicago, and at the University of Illinois Hospital at Chicago.  He is an ordained minister and interfaith Rabbi.