Sentinel

Freeway exit ramp
busy Saturday

Forty-five, maybe
fifty he could
be sixty; hard telling

Clothes rumpled,
not too out-of-style
he holds a sign…
neatly-trimmed,
brown-box cardboard,
shaky black MagicMarker
scrawl intones precise
communication;
“Have had heart attack.
Will do light work
for light food”

Public indifference
undermines his
restraint.

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