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    Dan Braha
    commented on Share Your Story 2021-09-27 13:10:39 -0400
    The Sun


    As Skyped to Dina


    [9:53:39 AM] DB:

    I had that perfect moment yesterday


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    They call it Lima the Gray because the sun doesn’t come out


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    it always looks like its going to rain, but it never does.


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    It just stands at these points by

    the sea.


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    For an hour or so, after lunch,

    the sun made the city glow.


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    it didn’t come out all the way


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    the sky didn’t turn blue


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    but it was bright and warm and people like me slowed their New York walking-with-purpose pace


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    I stood by a street corner; there was a long, cement rectangle full of potted plants. A municipal installation of greenery.


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    A perfect bench.


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    I sort of spun around and picked the best view of the sky above the buildings; above a construction site, a Peruvian red and white flag drooped and waved behind a street sign.


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    My body reached a subtle posture just before I was sitting; that overlooked moment where the behind is hovering too low to be standing, and a bit above the bench. I was committed. I looked up.


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    A woman.


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    She had committed to the same spot, the same bench, the same pool of sunlight.


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    Our behinds waved hello to one another, and then our faces


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    God I need the sun, she said in Spanish


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    Si, yo también, I replied.


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    We were sitting too close to act casual. This is the rim of a potted plant.


    [10:03:18 AM] DB:

    Her name is Maryori, like the month of March or May; from Medellin; she’s here for a month to take care of her father and to learn English.


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    As her eyes began to take me in, she became self conscious.


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    I’m in my pajamas, she said and covered her face


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    Here’s my number, she said. Let’s get coffee, and then after that, let’s drink.


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    She said something about how interesting it was that we both are here for a month, both to learn each other’s language, and then in this sunny spot, how perfect


    [10:05:45 AM] DB:

    I was nodding; of course I had already realized these things.


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    xox
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