In Memory of Alonzo
His name was Alonzo
Poor, African American in his 40s
He lived like the homeless
Sitting on bus stop in Bernal Heights
I would treat him to a coffee
He insisted on 6,7 pakcets of sugar
He told me to “Take care of your grandchildren,
In January, 2016
A friend of his told me
He died of liver or kidney failure
I had stopped buying his coffee
After I saw a homeless friend of our
Shooting him up with street drugs.
He was my friend, Alonzo was,
So is the homeless mutual friend
I have since found out
Sugar is bad for heart and liver.
May God bless the vulnerable, the disabled,
The elderly, the children
May everybody march so that
Government officials elected by the people
Provide for peoples’ needs.