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Not Trash

March 27, 2017
By thewarrior77 GOLD, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
thewarrior77 GOLD, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” - C. S. Lewis

I was standing there
Mind slowly drifting, rising from my body
I was trying to ignore the ache of my feet
The strained muscles of my back
Then that’s when I heard the voice
I turn and there she stands
Feet tapping, her eyes peer down
Hand out holding a gross looking napkin
Inside some bread pokes it’s head
Without hesitation, my cupped hands accept it
And I throw it away
Not before noticing
The trashcan three feet from her
Then as I go back to standing
My mind slowly drifting…
I hear a call from my supervisor
I jolt to attention, what did I do?
She is walking towards me, her finger dancing
“You are not trash!”
I look confused, so she says it again
“You are not trash.”
Then I realize what she means
I look at my hands, the crumbs still clinging to my gloves
“You do not have to take trash
Because you are not trash”
She could have taken a few steps
To throw it away
But she gave it to me
She gave me the trash
Because I was trash
But she was wrong
I am not trash.

The author's comments:

Based off an experience working in a college dining hall. It's a humbling experience where sadly often one is looked down upon and treated like a subhuman from their peers...

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on Apr. 1 2017 at 1:54 pm
HereSheIs BRONZE, Wellesley, Massachusetts
3 articles 0 photos 187 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -Plato

Wow that's a powerful moment that you portrayed well. Nice line breaks and details