What are you doing, man? Loitering?

Why? Is this your corner?

Nah, I don’t deal. Just curious, You look so out of it.

I’m meditating.


You know—clearing my mind and focusing on nothingness.

Nothingness—you hungry?

Nah, It’s kind of like free tripping.

You a Hari Kristie?

It’s Hari Krishna and no, I’m not one of those.

Well what are ya?

Just a poor dumb shit with nothing better to do than seek enlightenment.  What are you?

Well, I was looking for a little action.

You do deal! What gang do you run with?


Well what then?

Oooh  oooh  oooh, stayin’ alive.

You a rapper!  Rap me somethin’.

Nah, I’m just tryin’ to keep from spitting on the sidewalk and getting shot.

They after you?

Not yet. You don’t see me spitting on the sidewalk, do ya?

Well, that’s cool. Black Lives Matter.

I wish.

Yeah… Any protests around here?

You new  or sumpthink?

Yeah – ‘bout a week.

They’s a march on Main  Saturday night.  Legit.

I know—you don’t spit on sidewalks.

You got that right, my man.

Do you think they’d shoot me for meditating?

I dunno. It’d sho’ make CNN if they did.

You start like this:   Ommmmmmmmm….                                                                                                      Nan

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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  1. Nan! Where did you get this from? It’s wonderful! Black lives matter indeed! Here in South Africa, some vehicles owned by black people bears the legend: ”A Black Man is Always a Suspect.” So sad.


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