In this poem, from Gregg's book Alma (1985), the narrator reflects on a murder victim—one of the anonymous urban women who "carry all they own in bags." Describing the "sideways and disconcerting" way the woman solicited money from strangers on the subway, the narrator identifies "disgrace" and "failure" in the encounter. How do you think she responded to the woman? How would you (or have you) responded in her place? This poem can lead to dialogue about the possibilities and limits of human connection, especially as it pertains to service.
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