A One Sided Conversation

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Get away, leave me alone, you devil, why do you keep picking on me. Go away damn you. I know you want to leave this place. But its been my home for years, I know every hiding place, every cafe, every good spot to doss, even the police leave me alone, so why do you have to bother me. Go away damn you. Let me sleep.  You are Ok in your fur coat. Can’t you bugger off and catch a rat or two. Be off and leave me be.


With thank’s to Sophie at Filmore and Union for the original idea.

Coffee and conversation at Filmore and Union

Coffee and conversation at Filmore and Union

This Post Has 45 Comments

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I’m not sure it was your intent, but I saw a hobo tormented by a feral cat. I learned a new word, too…doss. Thank you for that. 😉 At any rate, I enjoyed the one-sided conversation.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Rochelle, you read it right, I saw the cat as wanting to take the hobo away to the country for a holiday

  2. neilmacdon

    Is Sophie a cat?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sophie is a great waitress and a budding writer, she served my coffee this morning. I asked her view on the prompt picture this morning. I intended to write about a conversation taking place at a window behind the glass. Sophie saw a vagrant in the picture, hence my story. Mike

  3. Sandra

    There’s a lot of warmth to be had from a cat or a dog in the night. Good one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, my collie agrees with you, as I do.

  4. Lynn Love

    Nice voice, Michael – heartfelt from a man who just wants to be left in peace. And that’s some serious barrista action there too!

    1. Michael Humphris

      The coffee is great at Filmore and Union. And the barista artist Anna fab.

  5. Iain Kelly

    Nice story Michael. I can see others walking passed avoiding the homeless man arguing with a cat.

    1. Michael Humphris

      At first when I started this story, I saw the hobo as drunk and hallucinating; but then the story rewrote its self, to a lonely man talking with a stray cat.

  6. wmqcolby

    Fine soliloquy. Has character potential. Nice writing, Mike! 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much

  7. Alicia Jamtaas

    I can see the hobo-man shooing away the cat even as he wants the fury critter to stay. Nice work.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You saw it as i saw it, thank you. Mike

  8. Siobhan McNamara

    Great voice, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, Siobhan

  9. neelwritesblog

    I agree, great voice, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neel

  10. gahlearner

    Both stories are great, the prompt, and the frame. I’m glad he has the cat in his life, maybe he should listen to her.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The cat wants to take him to a healthier life style, a friend indeed

  11. draliman

    I can imagine this fellow muttering away to himself (well, to a cat, but still…). Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Draliman

  12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    I missed the cat, but I saw that mumbling vagrant wanting to be left alone.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Bjorn, I saw the cat as a surrogate guardian angel.

  13. Michael Wynn

    Nice voice, the cat sounds pesky but well meaniing

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Michael, that cat was as sharp as sharp, and wanted out of the city.

  14. Keith's Ramblings

    He’d miss the cat if it did go away I’m sure.

    …when I grow up! My tale.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thata so true they would both miss each other

  15. spicedmullings

    Poor hobo. He has to fight, even with a cat, to have a place!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think that the cat wanted to take him to fresh green pastures.

  16. Dale

    Yes, go away but please stay! Lovely take, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Dale

  17. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    The lightness of this story masks a dark tale. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, what you said is so true.

  18. yarnspinnerr

    A very pragmatic take. Homeless across the world often inhabit Rail yards.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Yarnspinner, many many years back, all to briefly I worked with people who were down and out, it was an interesting time.

      1. yarnspinnerr

        You cannot help meeting them here.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Them cats they get everywhere

  19. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    Well this went totally over my head until I read the comments.
    Cool story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      In the 1960s I had employment which brought me into close contact with the ‘gentleman of the streets’, they were usually looking for a bed for the night, then to be left alone. To some degree my story was unclear due to my being to close to the subject.

      1. lingeringvisions by Dawn

        Thank you for sharing that with me.

  20. creatingahome

    We can get used to the most horrible situation once we settle in our minds that it is okay.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly that can be true, in the 1960s when I had quite a lot of contact with the ‘gentlemen of the streets’, alcohol was a major problem.

  21. Clare Hempstead

    I was right there watching him talking to his cat. Perfectly captured.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Mike

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