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The subway

I'm currently on the elevated Number 7 train, headed for Flushing.

Many different people ride the trains. Commuters, Students, those selling their wares, musicians etc...What I had conveniently forgotten is that there are people who live on the trains.

There was a man on the V train, who got on at 63rd Drive, who must have been carrying 20 plastic bags. The man's scraggly grey hair looked as if it hadn't been washed in years. I've seen this man before. People were moving their seats. The poor man. He's probably happy that the subway offers him shelter.

I'm going home tonight to my warm home.

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lux_angelis
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
At least he can live on the train without being kicked off or arrested (though I assume that's not uncommon).

I always wonder what their stories are. Wouldn't it be amazing to try and document that man's life? See the circumstances that brought him where he is, hear about his life, his family, his hopes and dreams. If for no other reason than just to show him that someone cares, someone doesn't think he's scum.
jellomarx
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm now on the train home. It was such a sad sight. He kept rearranging his plastic bags as if he had some sort of OCD. If he did, I can't imagine how he coped with the filth.
lux_angelis
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
A lot of homeless people have mental illnesses. The worst part is, with continued cuts to funding, even more adult care homes are being shut down, so more and more are on the street. With meds it's a lot easier for them to actually be successful and hold down jobs, but without money for the meds or supervision to make sure they take them...
Even just therapy could make a huge difference in a lot of cases.
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