Burning Cigarette
Raul Lieberwirth - Flickr

I left the shelter at 2 a.m. and I went to Chinatown. Used McDonald’s restaurant. Went outside and bought, I think it was about $4 in cigarettes. I left Chinatown and walked to 13th and G Street, N.W., I was heading to my job. Three hours later, it was around 5 a.m. and I ran out of cigarettes. Now what do I do? Okay, sell my papers. I just for the life of me, can’t get a sale. But I need money. I want to buy cigarettes. A little while later, by a fluke and some good old conning, someone gave me money. I catch my bus. It took forever for it to come, every Joe was on it too.