his mouth is level

The man in the wheelchair wears black
opshop clothes: pilled
sweatshirt, saggy pants.
He has a carton of Coke Zero
between his feet. His hair is cold charcoal
and ash. His thirtyish face is a shattered
crystal. The surfaces of his brow and forehead,

the structures of his nose and chin.
He has a straight sit, calm hands,
clear, patient eyes,
a snappy haircut.
His left ear has three silver hoops
and his long fingers on the joystick
have interesting rings.

The train’s packed.
I stand as close as I can.
His mouth is level with my navel.

I smile and make some small talk.
His mouth-corners hint at sky.
At Perth he gets off,
taoing his identity
through the blind consumers.
I wish him a nice day,
although it’s too late for that.

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