Tuesday, April 19, 2011

cold night in Puno

cold night in Puno
the beggar shares her blanket
with her two best friends

The sign propped up next to this woman sitting on the street on a cold night in Puno explained that she was handicapped and needed help. I thought the red band around her head meant she was blind and these were her seeing-eye dogs, or guard dogs, or both. The dogs seemed utterly content, one curled up against her, the other wrapped in their thin blanket. When I approached, she did not hold out her hand and only the dog on her lap lifted his head to gaze at me. I put three soles, about one dollar, in her white cup, one for each of them, hoping it would help a little with food.

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