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Homeless in San Francisco,
he saves to stay in a tenement motel
on Polk and California for a week.

Shared bathrooms with unflushed toilets
Against fire code hot plate
Threadbare, brown carpets with mysterious burns

He learns early to sleep with the lights on
stilling bed bugs and shy cockroaches.

Homemade Indian food perfumes the hallways.

Happy Curry means home.

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