Thursday, June 22, 2006

like my mother

I saw her again today.
just like the other day.
she stands, her four packed bags near her feet.
holding up copies of Streetwise
waiting for a sale.
this is her home, I reason
she lives on this street
she's not aggressive, no sales pitch
just a quiet demeanor, her head tilted down
eyes to the ground
standing straight
as straight as she can with her hunched back
she stands, and reminds me of my mother
"I'll take one of those", handing her a dollar
her eyes lift, but her head remains tilted down
she doesn't quite make eye contact
"thank you very much" she smiles
"have a nice day" her voice, clear
a grandma's voice
like my mother

2 comments:

Greg Ingleright said...

Strikes me as ignorant and illiterate. Those traits must be in heavy abundance.

Marc said...

Actually, she seemed more downtrodden, an older person left without family or friends to care for her. There wasn't any indication of her intelligence, but a quiet determination to work as a sales person to try to make ends meet.