Sunday, October 27, 2013
It is an hour and a half past lunch
when I realize that I didn't steal food.
It isn't the unplundered buffet table
that draws tears near,
nor the empty pockets in my backpack
that could easily have harbored bread
and those little packets of mayonnaise
that would have hardly taken up any space at all,
that would have been easy for kind others
to pretend they didn't see.
It is the hour and a half, the unscrutinized assumption
that there will always be more food,
that opportunities can be ignored,
that pockets can be empty for no better reason
than a lack of attention and a busy schedule.
It is the ninety minutes I spent ignorant
of everything I've ever learned the hard way.