He would walk up and down the streets of Port-of Spain and make his nightly stop at every dustbin. When shuffling around, he was as quiet as a mouse and as inconspicuous as a spider. People only noticed him because an old, rotting stench would approach their noses. They would quickly hurry out of his way, casting him looks of scorn and disgust. Schoolboys would taunt him with food and throw garbage at him as if he were a garbage dump. Amidst all this chaos, he kept calm, bent his head in shame and moved quietly away from his persecutors.
One would always see two or three stray dogs lagging behind him as he shared whatever little scraps he had with them. He was their protector and he made certain they never had any encounters with the dogcatcher. He kept to himself and was never seen with any of the other vagabonds. His home was wherever he found an empty corner; cosy enough to cater for him and his trolley filled with precious trinkets and rare gems. He guarded it as if it were life itself.
The struggles and hardships he endured could be seen from the way his back was bent. There was an immovable and invisible burden upon his shoulders, which resulted in a continual hunch over his trolley. He was of medium height, as thin as a whip and he seemed as light as a feather. His clothes hung loosely on him and one could see that his outfit consisted of different pieces of cloth that had been sewn together. They were ragged and torn and no one could tell their original colours as they had been covered with years of mud, dust and dirt. His shoes were no different- they were muddy and held together by pieces of twine.
His hair was dusty-grey, long and full of knots and seemed to cover his face as well; however it was his long, dusty beard. No one could tell the shape of his face, as it was lost in a forested beard. The little bit of skin that could be seen was dirty and covered with sores. His lips were thin,... [continues]
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