He spent most of his adult life in and out of prison
I think he couldn't function in the outside world anymore
He was a nice looking guy: tall, slender but muscular and strong
His shoes were always spit shine
He could have been an actor or a model with his handsome looks
But instead became an alcoholic like his father
What a shame
He was a tortured soul to look at
An abused, neglected little shoeshine boy.
As a child -He use to shine shoes and sell chickles to help his mother
His father was a street vendor
His mother washed and ironed clothes for people
He was the second oldest of eleven children
His father was a miserable soul-an alcoholic-
A womanizer, a wife beater..
This little boy was badly abused as a child
Physically and emotionally beaten by his father
One day he got tired of the abuse- and stood up to his father
He grabbed his father?s leg as he went to kick him
He said no more old man-you are not going to beat us anymore.
His mother loved him dearly ?He was her favorite..Her only son
The shoeshine boy and his mother somehow saved enough money
I heard his mom use to sneak money from her husband wallet when he would pass out
At night-he use to put his wallet under his pillow before he went to sleep.
They bought train tickets and left the wretched, abusive drunk
And never went back
The young boy never recovered from the abuse
Unfortunately his only role model had been his father- and became a lot like him
as a grown man.
He was abusive towards women
Abused himself with alcohol
This abused little shoeshine boy was my brother Benjamin
We were not very close, He was quite older that I was. I wish he had a better life. I didn't get to go to his funeral. I later visited his grave site; His grave is covered with long blades of grass and a slab of cement stuck in the ground as a headstone. He has a son named Christopher whom I've never met. His mom remarried and her new husband adopted Christopher.
I hope that my Brother has found some peace and is with my mother.
Maria Reyna:Varied Artist,Painter, Poet, Storyteller