Cracked Windows

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Streets are intersections of living.

Submitted: November 22, 2012

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You cannot cross a street without recognizing facets of your life. From the child pleading at the hip-pocket of the affluent parent, crossing through green lights to the homeless person who wears his dignity under his skin. But you wouldn't see him.

He really stands out if you monochrome the crosswalks and intersections. His face is hooded, thumbs pattering at the phone with no messages; 40 drafts. And eventually, he'll look up, if only to pirouette his way from a chance collision with a person because one thing that doesn't exist, is a bystander. A few peer at his phone and no one would notice, how bright he lights his signal flares. Few get past the spider-glass on his screen.

And while he attends to the parallel lines, she also mutters a sigh of relief that she isn't seen. She bites a lip and digs a nail into her palm, it calms her head from forrest fires the dig at her wrist. Bracelets, beaded and laced, patch-work her quilted skin. Shoes the cost of cancer treatments, not insured and a bag coated in diamond remains. But she promises that if you blink in her direction, you'll secure a place in her book.

There is the gentleman, with his cap and callused fingers. His age is apparent to him, it hangs off of him like centered gravity. His children live in the villas of Rome; one owns a company in New York. Though you wouldn't know he fathered success; he barely remembers he fathered at all. He sits with a shot of Southern Comfort in his blazer pocket, though he doesn't drink. He sees the streets through the filters of the decades and he doesn't see a street. He cannot remember the last day he looked down.

 


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