he was just lying there, on pavement in front of the Union Square station with cops and onlookers standing around. after walking by and doing a double take, i was one of those onlookers for a brief minute. he seemed to be a bum - and was pale. no, not sick pale but devoid of blood pale. his body lay on the ground, rigid and still and seemingly lifeless. i asked the woman next to me what happened - she shrugged.
"is he dead?" i asked. no one answered me. distrubed - i continued walking home.