I thought about what I saw today:


the street person on the corner of I:35 and 38th

swallowed as he lifted his sign

then his red face drew together

and I flashed

he wants to look sober and in pain

it seemed so silly

and I wondered

why do I do that.




as fast as we walked we talked

about them

it wasn't just sex

oh god no

I shuddered

past a woman in a car

her windows rolled down

must have heard everything

she looked strained

we laughed



copyright 2/20/00 Dorothy Epp