Līgo Haībun Challenge ~ Down At The Crossroads

31 Mar

On the streets of Montreal life’s not easy. A blind man with no job can only  go two ways when he hits that fork in the road, drugs or Jesus.

Jacques has played his guitar and sung on this  corner for twenty years. He knows the heartbeat of this intersection. The soft treads of passing men, the clacking of high heels,  the shuffle of the homeless. He also knows her scent.

The first time he noticed her she stayed only a moment, she dropped a coin in his hat and walked away. Since then she has come by many times, often staying long enough to listen to a couple of tunes. She always drops in her money before leaving without a word.

He would love to speak to her but is afraid  she would be embarrassed and never return. Besides, he knows what she sees when she looks at him. What everyone sees. A  blind man scavenging coins to  buy himself a bottle of booze to warm up his night.

As the sun fades, Jacques packs up for the day. He  makes his way to a church where he will deposit the days meagre dollars into the collection box before going home for the night.


the road he’s chosen

in the footsteps of his lord

remains his secret

word count: 219



10 Responses to “Līgo Haībun Challenge ~ Down At The Crossroads”

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) March 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Oh this is a really sweet tale… what a good man.

  2. indytony March 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Well written. Nice twist.

  3. Peripatetic Eric April 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Wonderfully written story, very real, the details make it so believable. Beautiful!

  4. kz April 3, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    aww what a lovely story! i hope there’s a happy ending for him and that girl

  5. nightlake April 3, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    a lovely end. The fact that it is a secret only depicts his genuine nature

  6. Sunshine April 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    this is a beautiful story…what a lovely secret. ♥.

  7. yerpirategunn April 5, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    A very touching tale indeed, really the moral of the story stays with you after reading. Very nice.

  8. Eric April 5, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    The secret’s safe with me… Great job. It had me hanging to see if it was true love. And it was! Agape, E


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