Thursday, January 11, 2007

This Happened to Me Today

This is not about poverty.


no more chocolate

I told her

i've had so much over the holidays
i can't eat anymore

She laughed
Sympathetically
We went back to work
Excuse me,
said the man
shivering
his nose buried in a towel
his jacket stuffed with paper
and trash
for warmth
Do you have any bottles?
I could take them off your hands, if you would like.
I'm hoping to make enough to buy a sandwich
for supper tonight.
The depot closes in ten minutes.
She went and looked
I invited the man to take a seat
Then went back to work

sorry
i just have these few
but they are something

He beamed at her
You're too kind, thank you.
I'ts a dozen more that I didn't have before.
His eyes
fell on the chocolate
with a thud
I'm sorry to ask this,
But those are my favourites.
I've imposed so much already,
But may I have one?
We nodded
and with a polite eagerness
he took only one
and closing his eyes
smiled, and was quiet.
No, I shouldn't,
He laughed
after I asked him to take them all
They're not very healthy,
And would rot my teeth.
Thank you
All the same.

4 comments:

Luke said...

Only idea is that I'd keep the speakers to their respective page orientations. Just me, though. Like it. A lot.

KibBen said...

Hozat?

luke said...

awesome.

Anonymous said...

ya aren't you just the nicest guy out there huh ben

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