Outside the supermarket
A man surrounded by fat, heaving along his belly.
Is squatting on a chrome bench
Sucking hard on a cigarette.
He looks a cool breeze away from a heart attack.
On the same road
A young woman as beautiful as summer rain
Stands by a fast food restaurant looking lost.
Her eyes are wide and gentle,
She has all the innocence and none of the hardness
too many people in this place carry in them.
Around her are cold people, angry at life. People whom lovers have fooled
Life has lied to them, broken their dreams like old sticks
This woman is no reflection of these others,
I watch her walk along the street
And feel ashamed to follow her with my eyes.
She passes near the fat man
He drops his cigarette
And leans forward, like a boulder soon to drop
And says something I am not able to hear.
Her face changes, something horrid has been spoken,
She steps away; he is laughing now.
The flower has been stepped on.
How long will it be before she is changed forever?
The world crushes what it falls upon.