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Man Pushing a Wheelbarrow

June 2020
Barbara Leeds

He’s with the city team clearing brush
To widen the path
Make it more pleasant

For people like me
Outside to stretch my legs
Maintain muscles built at the gym
Breathe fresh air
Escape my four walls
Gain perspective

He coughs
I turn away
Take a different path
I have several to choose from

He too has a choice
Come to work sick
And risk spreading the disease
Or stay home
Lose wages
And watch his family starve

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