As Skyped to Dina
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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
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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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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.
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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
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I was nodding; of course I had already realized these things.
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