We just buried a bum at the river. Well, those who knew him would never call him that. In fact, he was a barge cleaner, stadium worker and newspaper delivery man named Jesus. He was also the most alone man I have ever met.
Jesus, Chicano-American and a product of the foster care system, often said he understood the term “throw away” for kids. He said he was one of them.
“That's OK,” he would say earnestly. “I never needed anyone; I just needed to work.”