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There is a man in town.

He has shaved his head.

Tattoos cover his whole body;

arms and fingers,

the neck, the skull

his lips, his eyelids

his face

 

I saw him tonight before midnight

on my way home.

 

A small dog walked beside him,

ran between his legs

 

I went up and asked if I could pet the dog?

 

A tiny fragile voice

said

 

Yes

He is only 14 weeks

 

just before leaving

I asked the dog’s name?

His name is Bluie.

 

Blue?

 

Bluie, it is  British slang for best friend

and that is what we are going to be.

said

the little gentle voice

 

As he walked away my friend

said

I saw him the other day and was afraid to look

I did not want him to think I stare,

to think I judge him.

 

Do you know how many people think I am

stupid because I am black,

because I am from Africa

 

I know.

You are talking to a man

with a beard down to his belt.

 

And little do they know

we are kind,

a  doctor in mathemathics

and I,

a teacher.

And the tattooed man

a person who will  soon be

the little dog’s

best friend

 

 

 

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