She owned a clothing store
next door to the hardware store
in the nearby town.
Two girls stole their prom dresses
by putting them on then walking
out the door. Cristine called
the police. Everyone went to the precinct
together. The girls parents
chastised Christine for
ruining the prom.
A month later she moved
to Michigan.

Neighbor Martha

When she retired
from the New York City police department
moved to live
full time in Upstate New York
33 years ago
she got a job
as a supermarket cashier.
In her eighties she is still
checking out groceries.
At Hannefords today
she said
I still swim
a medley of strokes.

Hairport, Cairo, New York (3 people)

70 year old woman named RI

I’d like to shave my head
just to see if I can handle it.

Mary, mid 40’s

My husband has
a good job
in the toll both
on the Taconic.
But he only cares
about golf.
Watches golf
on TV.
Reads golf magazines.
He plays on his time off.
I’m thinking of leaving.
I hate golf.

Sam, 22

I want to be
something like
a man. What I mean
is not a young girl.

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