the healing muse

Volume 13, 2013


Sarah Fraser

an old man in old clothes
in a mall food court
with closed eyes
sits with his head drooping
hunched over his Burger King meal

i ascend the escalator
concerned and staring down at him
questioning his:

        • mental status
        • drug and alcohol use
        • level of consciousness
        • socioeconomic status
        • family history

i almost tripped at the top
when he blessed himself
and began to eat

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