Friday, February 21, 2014

Paying Attention on a February Day in Santiago


Things I saw:

In the metro—
Three passengers across from me glued to their cell phones
Next to me a young woman reading John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley” in Spanish. I wanted to tell her how I’d loved the book, but she was plugged into ear phones.

On the street –
Three yellow hard-hatted workers pushing three new yellow wheel barrows
Two young women standing by a magazine rack of Jehovah Witnesses’ literature
A full bicycle rack of blue city-bikes
A middle-aged woman in shorts, something unheard of when I arrived 40 years ago
Tee-shirt logos: Grand Forks, Red Sox, Subversive Exchange, Nike, Rock ‘n Roll

In a tree –
A red-breasted father plant cutter (a bird) feeding two raucous chicks


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