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The Shoeshiner

Between the shoeshiner's chestnut fingers
and my down-at-the-heels interview shoes,
an incarnation blooms
each time he waxes with rag or eyes,
each time our small talk goes inward. . .
His time is my time is our time
disappearing into the leather's old shine. . .

I'm of Sicilian-American heritage and influenced by its culture but am equally enriched by the diversity of cultures that exist and flourish in the Seattle area. Ric Amante