“Have Your Poor” is a short story that I wrote in 2016 that was adapted from a school writing assignment. It’s quite short, really, around 2,000 words.
So, what is it about?
Basically, the story features David Macmillan, a young man who is running to be the mayor of his hometown. Why? Well, he wants to help the poor, downtrodden and needy in the city. However, his father, Bernard, who has spent his life working in various soup kitchens and homeless shelters, opposes his son’s actions, as he believes that politics is a waste of time, that, in the end, gets nothing done. “Have Your Poor” is a story about what happens in this now tumultuous relationship.
To comment further about how this story came about, the writing prompt for this story came in two parts: the verbal prompt and the visual prompt.
The verbal prompt basically stated that we had to “write a story demonstrating the power of words”. The visual prompt was a painting by Richard Maury called “Lorenzo Plus”. Both, I hope, can be seen in the story (else I probably shouldn’t have done well on the assignment).
If you are interested in getting the story (please be), you can download it for free at Noisetrade in PDF and ePub files or, if you’re feeling generous, you can buy it at Amazon for the Kindle. And, if you like it (which I hope that you do), I really appreciate reviews, comments and shares.