lou got to work on time at 6am today and smoked a cigarette with The Man Whose Mother Died Today
they talked and smoked and then attended to their respective duties before their respective coworkers arrived:
lou got his mop and filled his bucket with industrial strength cleaner and hot water
The Man Whose Mother Died Today began reupholstering his sofas and armchairs
when i arrived to work on time at 7am i believed The Man Whose Mother Died Today had been injured:
he was a whimpering heap on the pavement, surrounded by concerned coworkers
he couldn’t lift his head, he couldn’t stand.
he couldn’t open his eyes, he couldn’t take his hands away from his face.
he didn’t care who saw him, he didn’t care where he was.
his mother was dead.
if The Man Whose Mother Died Today is injured, why are his coworkers just standing there?
i thought as i ate from a plate of turkey bacon
lou was behind me with his mop and his bucket
wher did u get that turkey bacon brao?
what happened to The Man Whose Mother Died Today?
hees mother died today
The Man Whose Mother Died Today was forcibly propped up by his coworkers
his eyes were still closed and his head hung limp
The Man Whose Mother Died Today’s coworkers had to lift his head for him and pour water into his mouth for him
his phone was in the same position on the concrete where he dropped it when it told him his mother had died
if my mother died i would be like that too!
i would want to know where they had my mother!
if my mother died i would be on the floor too!
i wouldn’t be able to breathe!
i would be crying and screaming for my mother!
but his coworkers couldn’t swallow for The Man Whose Mother Died Today
they couldn’t upholster for The Man Whose Mother Died Today
The Man Whose Mother Died Today would have to learn to do everything again. without his mother.
i traded lou a strip of turkey bacon for a cigarette as The Man Whose Mother Died Today began crawling on his own.
soon he would be speaking and walking again. and drinking and upholstering again.
and he would do it this time without his mother, who died today.