I watched a man my age
with a cardboard sign that said:
I watched a man my age with a cardboard sign that said:
former vet. I felt his sadness.
I watched a nurse in pink scrubs light a cigarette and exhale.
I felt her anxiety.
I watched a teenage couple hold hands and kiss as if they were alone.
I felt their simplicity.
I watched an old man with a cap and suspenders carrying one small bag of groceries.
I felt his loneliness.
And when the bus swept them all away, I saw nothing and felt relief.