Streets

26 Feb

Untitled, from the series Short Tales from the American Landscape, 2008. Pen-and-ink on Bristol paper, 9 x 12 in. Collection of Patrick Marks.

Bodies litter sidewalks, asleep under blankets.  Bodies move in slow procession along the streets of the city, with belongings attached in back packs or  valises or shopping carts.  Bodies congregate at the 16th and Mission plazas, like pigeons en masse.  Yesterday morning I discovered a young man was asleep in the shower room of the hotel with the door locked.

It’s time to move.  The 21-day limit at the hotel arrived today.  The managers avoid the city’s residency requirements by keeping people moving.  Move.  Keep moving.

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