Tuesday, June 7, 2016


As the shadows settle into night, the old man and dog find a place together. In darkness, they scavenge bits and scraps of food out of overflowing truck stop dumpsters.

Eating from paper plates of dirty newspaper, the pair celebrates filling their stomachs for another night. Food devoured quickly, the two friends then burrow into a threadbare sleeping bag seeking warmth together. 

From the cold hollow pit of their stomachs, they each know nights are getting longer as life gets shorter.

Story and Image: McGuffy Ann Morris

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Quote Prompt:
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful.
It's the transition that's troublesome."
~Isaac Asimov


  1. You can't tell me dogs aren't angels. They do so much for all of us. I find it touching that so many homeless people have a dog and it is the only family they have.

  2. That was so good and painted a picture even without the photo.

  3. It's so sad that there are people who live this way. It's one reason i work with a homeless ministry.

  4. Very well written and sadly there are many in that position.

  5. So powerful and thought provoking, Annie. You are so talented at telling a complete story in just a few sentences. I can totally picture these two. Love and hugs, Janet

  6. Good story but heartbreaking in its reality. Makes one see how blessed most of us are and how much we take for granted. Thanks for sharing with In Other Words.

  7. Your words are so powerful, McGuffy Ann. Especially in this case, since there are so many with no where to call home.

  8. Both your words and the photograph brought this message home loud and clear. No one should have to live like this, and no one should walk by without caring. We can't begin to imagine what it's like to be this hungry and alone, nearly invisible to passersby. Really well done piece, thank you!

  9. Sad to read and even more sad realizing that there are too many people that live life as you have written... good words, Annie.