Wrapped up in blankets
like an Egyptian mummy
wrinkles winding down
a brown corduroy face
streaked with frozen tears and hot blood
a homeless woman was dying.
A Salvation Army Band played
Onward Christian Soldiers
a nearby vendor sold hot chestnuts
women wearing "White Shoulders" perfume and fur coats
took the revolving door to shop
ignoring the pain of an old woman with mahogany eyes.
Curious wheat haired boys whispered
they fled in the December wind
as sirens screamed.