Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Bum Files - #002 - (A True Story)


One Cold Saturday Morning....
I head to Utica Avenue train station (in Brooklyn).....
I walk down the stairs....
approach the platform....
The first thing I see....
a bum....
We all see bums in New York but this bum was different....
This bum was laying on the floor fetal position....
This bum does not look alive.....
Everyone on the platform is a great distance from this bum.....
I walk....
I slow down....
keep my distance.....
look to see if he's breathing.....
shit! I can't tell.....
I keep walking....
no train is sight!
More people are doing the same exact thing.....walk ... slow down .... see if he 's alive.....
no one is successful.
An older woman stops in front of the bum,,,, she's analyzing him (seeing if he's alive)....
she slowly keeps walking away.....
I'm stunned by how many people are trying to see if this man is alive.
Mothers are pulling their children away ....
Still no A train in sight!
This bum has not rolled over...
or made any movements for the past 5 minutes...

THEN!!!
a pigeon flies down (from god knows where)
and lands on the bum......
The pigeon does not stay on the bum.....
The simple bird is looking for food.....
At this point I'm giggling and horrified at the same time....
No one knows if this bum is alive!!!!
Finally,,,,,
The A train arrives....
I turn and walk towards the train....and before the doors open....
I look back....
to see the bum....
to see if he's still lying there....
........
The bum is GONE!!
I'm shocked and now questioning my eyes
...and the photos I've taken with my blackberry.
I get on the train...
grab a seat....
look up.....
the bum is there....
excusing himself and asking for some change.....

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