Sitting outside ‘Baby’s On Fire’
at a red table sipping coffee
Looking across Morton – more alley than street –
parking lot and the backs of brick buildings
Woman with a red bucket and blue mop
steps over a low wall and descends step by step to a cellar
White trash bags fly out followed by man in red hoodie who
drags the trash bags to a dumpster.

Catherine arrives and we sit in the sunshine
I say, I went to a packed meeting on Monday
led by young women strong and determined
She tells me of a petition to the Electoral College
We try to switch topic but keep coming back

For now – this moment in time –
the sun shines on Mount Vernon

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