project 365: day #9, nyc subway

another unfortunate soul in the nyc subway. this woman lives in a subway tunnel on the green line. she situates herself against the wall of a tunnel and lays all of her possessions side by side. her stuff extends about twenty feet wide. sometimes she yells at people as they walk by her, sometimes she’s asleep and sometimes she sprawls herself across the causeway. but here’s the most peculiar (and sad) part: she lays on her stomach and grooms herself with tweezers all day using a pocket mirror. this city really chews people up and spits them out. i give her all the change in my pockets whenever i see her. i wish i could speak her language so we could communicate. giving people her money never makes me feel better, because it’s never enough.

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~ by jacobbmurphy on January 10, 2010.

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