Minnie Bruce Pratt

(Selma, Alabama)

The Subway Entrance

He was her guide. He lived in hell. Every day he thought
he was dead. Years after he's died, she thinks it's him stumbling
drunk through the subway turnstile. Just the two of them
on the platform. He asks her for money, pennies for passage:

In the nursing home, a palsied woman guards the door.
She asks: Are you coming back? Everyone in or out
must answer her. Don't leave me here. Come back.

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