Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thursday Verses: Doing Nothing

Heard this morning on Garrison Keilor's Writer's Almanac. He's rarely political in that venue, and this isn't explicitly political, either. It's just a meditation on a moment of human life, and I've been there, too.

Doing Nothing
by Dan Gerber from A Primer on Parallel Lives. © Copper Canyon Press.

When I passed him near the bus stop
on Union Square while the cops
cuffed his hands behind his back, while he
said, "I didn't do anything,"
I didn't, either,
do anything but look away,
a little afraid they might cuff me
if I paid too much attention,
and walked on still wondering
what he might've done
and still more what I
might've done.

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