Notes From a Bagel Shop

Loitering (2)

“The sad empty places of retrospective experience”

Hasten the present and outrun us

To our graves which in turn are filled by-and-by –

I have

  1. An expensive haircut
  2. A good job
  3. An untucked shirt
  4. All of the above

There is no closed door

There is no record that is “off-the-record”

I have seen three people this morning,

All middle-aged men,

Wearing braces on their right hands

From the knuckle to the wrist –

Either there is a carpal tunnel epidemic sweeping the metropolitan area

Or bowling season has begun

Sparrows dine al fresco off the ground on the patio

Eating the crumbs of the egg, pumpernickel and

Even the various and sundry detritus of everything bagels,

Pecking quickly, without prejudice, before flying off.


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