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Private Lives 2005

the elevated train, Chicago, Illinois

sitting on the el train
i saw a middle-eastern man
sitting across from me
holding a large Zip-Loc bag
of some sort of food paste,
i couldn’t tell,
it looked like some sort of
curry-filled food paste

and the man looked unhappy,
and after a few minutes
i saw him open up
the Zip-Loc bag,
throw up into it,
then close the bag again

so, he was carrying
his vomit with him
on the el

at least he had a bag
he could seal it up with

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