From a true event at the Pacific Beach Library
June 27, 2015, Saturday, 11 am
The drunken man, his home under the acacia tree on the library plaza,
Last night, laid himself down to die after a few bottles.
Next morning around 11,
Al, the guard, noticed him,
And called Christina the Librarian,
Who called 911 and more,
Ran to get the defibrillator.
The Man was on his side, all grey
His clothes were grey,
His face was grey,
Sirens filled the air on their urgent way.
The brave Librarian, cell phone to ear, for CPR,
Pulled at the dead man’s shirt with thumb and finger,
His inanimate body to roll over.
His chest was grey, strangely inflated, but with no movement.