Searching the Obvious

Dixil Rodríguez

is a university professor and volunteer hospital chaplain living in Texas.

Time To Move

Icheck the map again. This week I am speaking at an academic conference. At a red light I am between two worlds. On my right a street leads to tall, beautiful buildings and commerce. To the left a small community of tents is perched under an overpass: a community of homeless people under a bridge. A dwindling fire provides light for shadows cast by the tents. I neglect to observe the traffic light, and the vehicle behind me honks, anxiously reminding me the light is green. Time to move.

Throughout the day the memory of the bridge fades. As I set out on my journey home I see my unopened lunch packed early this morning. I did not need it. As I get closer to …

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