In Georgetown, Penang

Beggars squat in pungent doorways
stretching their arms like signals
to passers by,
they plead their dirt and poverty
with eye to eye contact;
delicately they curve and shape
their hands into human bowls,
long accusing fingers
become coils of living clay,
a craft converted
into the begging bowl.

About the Author:
Byron Beynon lives in Swansea, Wales. His work has appeared in many publications, including Agenda (UK), London Magazine, Quadrant (Australia), The Warwick Review, Cyphers (Dublin) and The Summerset Review (USA). His most recent collection is Human Shores (Lapwing Publications, Belfast 2012).