December 30, 2014:

Silent behind long red beard.
Sad, glassy eyes, toes turned inward.
Cradled jealously in spacious lap: a Hungry Man frozen dinner.

Beautiful Nortena,
silky black hair,
tall and strong,
cuddled slouching with her spotty boyfriend,
sharing earbuds.

Lovely dark skin,
Somali perhaps,
traditional head scarf and braces on her lower teeth,
lips moving as she reads,
learning words.