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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lost & Found

a disheveled vagabond
smelling of oil
black dirt under his fingernails
& in the cracks of his hand
approached me in the subway station
i was leery at first
he was stoic, unsure yet determined
i cautiously took a step back
he revealed his phrase book
russian, chinese - no english
i’m sorry – i can’t help
he turned to a chinese girl in front of me
he pointed at a phrase in the book:
出口, exit
two fingers pointed him in the right direction
he climbed the stairs out of the subway station
giving a tentative glance back at me
i offered a friendly smile & got on the train.

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