Grace Paley

Bravery on Tenth Street

This morning a manhis head hanging fromthe weak curved stemof neck feeble wifebeside him her handsgrip a walker a smallshopping bag knottedto her wrist she leansslides toward him heturns his head pain looksup around alarmed steadiesher she is upright theywalk ten or twelve stepsare suddenly stalledshe begins to drift tremblehe stands a twisted