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  • Handing over a nice oven-baked slice of bread and a "cuppa chaa"
    (that's cup of tea to the rest of you)
    May seem like a pretty standard thing to do for someone who's rather peckish.

    Yet place in the hand of a human being that eats mainly from bins,
    relies on donations from car windows or a lucky spot in the Q at the soup kitchen...
    Well, It's pretty powerful stuff for both the giver and the receiver.

    The gratitude shone from glassy eyes of the beholders.
    Crinkled smiles formed on weathered faces.
    Humble thanks.

    As we drove past Wasted souls sleeping on wet, stoney-grey streets,
    Blankets and boxes to call home,
    We could only stop for a mere few.

    3 sugars, hot milk and a napkin for dignity.

    For this... There is no price tag.
    Hot sweet tea and a gooey piece of crusty bread on a cold, wet, windy day is enough to make anyone smile on the inside.
    If only for just a minute or two.

    Human life is troubled.
    Even where there's money in the bank
    There's trouble with addiction.

    No one is special.
    It's not picky.
    It'll take you down to your knees at any given chance and it's always waiting.
    Doing press ups around the corner.
    Patiently waiting.

    F*ck I'm grateful.
    Just for today.


    Written: July 6th 2014
    Photo: A rainy day in Woodstock, Cape Town.
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