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It was hot in Mumbai. He sat there in silence, staring at the sea. cesar conde filipino american artist chicago
"Beggar - Mumbai " - SOLD
Techniqu Mixte
36"w x 48"h
2008

mumbai burns that day
he sat in silence, in dignity -
staring at the arabian sea

his foot
calloused from the heat
of the city
his mouth
dry from being thirsty
his stomach's gargle
competes with traffic horns and vendor's screams

but the dignity of his survival
permeates through his dirty shawl
one can't help but admire
this population's poor
or in other land is who they call
"cockroaches".