I go past the St. Francis of Assisi Church on my way to work about once every two weeks. It has a soup kitchen and other outreach services for homeless folks, and so there are always a few of Portland’s homeless milling about.
There’s a guy who has been building quite the structure a few yards from the church right on the sidewalk. If I’d encountered his home in the forest, it would be a clever, cozy home carved out of a tree or into the side of a knoll – there is that look about it, though it is largely made of materials more easily found in a city. Large branches create some of the structure, and a dramatic larger piece that looks like ancient driftwood is stood on its end near the doorway. This piece of wood arches up and away from his structure.
As I went by the other day, I noticed the man had added something to the high tip of the driftwood. I noticed its tell-tale bright red liquid first, then realized what I was seeing. The man had hung a hummingbird feeder. I hope he gets some visitors.