I met a man, on the subway station
that one busy Monday morn,
as he strung is flaky hands
to the strings of his guitar
in his almost Presley baritone.
I stopped by and dropped him a penny
while he flashed me a smile,
a smile that stopped me
to go a little further, a little more
maybe to miss my office tea-meet.
His eyes were hanging in their sockets,
his clothes, loose around his torso
and his breath almost looked
I stood and stared at him, in wonder
maybe a little embarrassed
of my privilege, too.
He sang on, his words that cut me
deeper than a dagger:
“Oh mercy me ye lord
for I cannot mercy myself anymore”.
And I stared on, onto his eyes.
Dark brown. Turkish hazelnut, I'd say.
And then he abruptly stopped,
to look down at me and took a surge
of breath and walked along to say:
“You have been the only person,
the only person who passed by and saw me
for myself, not for my goddamned guitar”.
And I felt a lump in my throat.
I was trying to recollect myself
from the numbness, the clatter that followed
and all I could say was.
“Okay”, as I walked off.
Today, the headlines of the Times read:
“a homeless guitarist kills himself
by jumping under the subway”
and I regret deciding my decisions.
To that one time I clicked people on the metro. Metro rides are fun if you take them alone on the non-office hours in Delhi.
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