Lucky Man

” I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. “


The sun sets its light, from 93,000,000 miles away, between these narrow corridors of concrete. Light that skips along, perfectly dispassionate, falling red and round…upon one lost soul.

He spins through the wind on the corner…navigating his wheelchair in the narrow space between car and curb with manic intensity, as if he didn’t…couldn’t care.

Good people on this earth are so rare…I could scoop ‘em up with one hand.”

He scowled and reached down to the pavement with a cupping motion, gathering up all the good people in the world and held them in his hand for me.

If it wasn’t for people like you, I’d be starvin’ to death.”

He waved his one arm in the air, and threw the people away.

Look at me, where am I going to get a job?”

I hadn’t asked, but he seemed eager to say it. I guess that is what I got for my dollar. He had one arm and one leg. Left and right respectively.

God takes care of me!”

I nodded and listened in rapt attention to his proclamation of faith. I wondered why…this man, who had nothing, would put his faith in the God that guided him here. Had he been saved? Did he survive some worse fate only to find the best of fortune would bring him to this corner?

Every Sunday, the police comes, and takes me to church. They wait and then they brings me back.”

His wheelchair charged through the traffic heedless of horns and trucks that swerved to give him space. He was so intense in his rounding dance, that people would roll up their windows rather than risk contact. He’d spin in haphazard circles, propelling himself unevenly with his left arm and stopping the assault with his right foot.

I’m a lucky man.” He hollered over his shoulder as he assailed the traffic in a plan of attack known only to him.

What the people saw, was a black man…rolling toward them in crazy eights…

I saw a man…invincible


~ by theoxherd on April 12, 2012.

One Response to “Lucky Man”

  1. I like the expression on the angel’s face, and it is an obscure, indirect but good choice for this.

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