And I can't See It

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
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Submitted: November 15, 2013

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And I Can’t See It

I could see the man sitting there. His dull gray hair wrapped clumsily in a ponytail, the raggedy clothes, and the wrinkles around his dull sightless blue eyes. He sat on a partially torn blanket with a cup and a sign. The cup was about a quarter full and by the looks of him I could tell that he’d been there for a while.

I looked down at the old man, pity filling my heart as his head snapped up towards me and he placed his hands onto of my shoes. After a moment he pointed up to his little cardboard sign. I looked at it and written on it with a black marker was ‘help me, I’m blind’. I looked at his craggy lifeless looking face then back at the sign.

I huffed out a breath before hastily snatching up the cardboard sign. Digging in my purse I found a black marker and flipped the sign over. The man gave me a confused look before turning his head away from me. I scribbled on the board for a moment before looking over my work. Satisfied, I put the sign back down by the man and walked away.

It was about noon when I got back over to the old man. He was sitting in the same position with his sightless eyes trailing off into the distance. I stood in front of the man and he immediately placed his hands on top of my shoes again. In an exasperated voice he said to me”Oi, woman? What did’ja do to meh sign?”

I looked at his cup. It was overflowing and some of the coins had fallen onto the man’s raggedy blanket.” I did what I had to do,” I stated simply. He looked at me with his sightless eyes for a heartbeat before nodding gratefully and turning his head away. With joy in my heart, I walked away from the old man with lightness in my step.



"It's a beautiful day and I cant see it"

 

 


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