We spent most of today traveling around the city engaged in a Flat Stanley-style project taking pictures of a paper cutout version of our niece visiting various landmarks. Now we have shots of “Paper Molly” visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies in Hayes Valley, Chinatown, and City Lights Bookstore in North Beach. We took a few moments to poke around the bookstore and ended up in the second floor Poetry Room. A window in that room looks out over some rooftops in Chinatown, and it was there I came across the above tableau. I was struck by the sight of a single black shirt hanging there amid a garbage-strewn rooftop. Somebody had obviously gone to a lot of trouble to hang that shirt out there to dry, and now it looks forlorn and forgotten surrounded by a bustling city.
The pants look lonely, too.
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