Dogs 2012

GOODWILL
(9/10/12)


there
it was

on the
well trodden
carpet

$20

folded
in half

I bent
down
slowly

carefully

picked
it up

then
straightened
upright

all the while
holding the bill
in plain sight

I turned
deliberately
to the four
cardinal
directions
searching
for a look
of loss
on the faces
about me

nothing

these
are not
rich folks
shopping
in a thrift store
on a Sunday
afternoon

I knew
that this
would be
a bitter loss
for someone
but I wasn't
going to canvass
the store
holding money
in front of faces
full
of need

after
what I judged
to be
an appropriate
pause
I opened
the novel
that I had planned
to purchase
and slid
the currency
securely within
the pages

I wasn't
rich folk
either

I closed
the cover
and the
case

my wife
was ready
to go
with an armful
of recylced
clothing

I looked
forward
to reading
the book
that night

The Trial