Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Looking for Butts

I watched with fascination today as a haggard-looking man with grime under his fingernails scoured the sidewalk looking for thrown-away cigarettes. "What decision," I asked myself, "or event could have reduced this man to satisfying his habit through the sheddings of other smokers?" With the toe of his shoe he checked over two butts, decided on one, picked it up and lit it. He inhaled and went on his way.