John Fish

Los Angeles, United States

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Behind the wall of brick and stucco a small, frail man knelt to pick up fruit that had fallen on a sidewalk on a side street that nobody knew existed, even those who lived there.
He felt around with arthritic hands and found nuts, bolts, skeletons, fried food, paper and cuff links. Finally his fingers settled on a ripe avocado and he wrapped his palm around its lumpy skin and pulled himself up with his other hand which was bandaged because he had bumped into a poster advertising an old flame of his who had become a successful actress and, even at 109 years old was still playing in hit movies because she was also the lover of a former president’s mistress who had connections with the Mafia and several right wing Christian groups who controlled congressional committees involving the entertainment industry.
“Small world,” He commented to a passing lady who turned and quickly covered her face to avoid eye contact.
“I used to own an avocado farm.”
He slowly walked to the corner and joined the throngs of people who marched toward the settlement house that was two and one half miles North of the military post.
The walked in huddles. Family members and friends tried to stay together if possible.
The old man knew had nobody to join so he walked alone and was able to pass the others when they came to the narrow gates that everyone had to pass through in order to be inoculated, disinfected and screened. He flashed his identification card to a soldier with one eye. Then he saw the bungalow and entered from a window that had been broken the year before in the war between California and China. He huddled in a corner and settled in for a long night of bombs, screaming and the thunder of music. The military played loud dance songs over loud speakers all night long to cover the noise of gunshots. They said it was safe.
The old man knew better.
He had lived long enough to remember freedom.

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