THE BIKES OF NEW YORK
Chester Burton Brown
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I don’t know where he goes when he’s on the bikes, and neither do you. But you can tell he’s somewhere: the far away look in his eyes is unmistakable.
Luc Drapeau pedals the spinning world beneath his wheels, but never moves an inch. He pedals straight to Kingdom Come.
You may or may not think twice about him as you pass. You’re on your way to work, or on your way home. You might be thinking about supper or taxes, underwear models or overdue bills. If you’re social you might afford him a nod or a smile as he sweats for loose change, going nowhere, eyes at infinity. You don’t feel very guilty. At least he’s got the bikes, you reason.
Better the bikes than a beggar.
Luc Drapeau recognizes you. You might not know it, but it’s true. He’s far away but he’s not gone. He knows the hours by your transits. Maybe he counts you, like sheep.