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I was in the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg after I got back from Nam. I hurt myself on a parachute jump and took a leave. I was at the Long Island Rail Road at Penn Station waiting for a train. A LIRR cop came over, picked up my duffle bag and carried it down to the train for me. He put the bag on the overhead rack, shook my hand and wished me good luck. A few months later I was out of the Army attending school in the city. I commuted in and out of the city everyday on the LIRR. My hair was getting long and I had a beard. I was sitting on the floor with my back against one of the pillars. The same cop came over, gave me a hard kick and told me to get my f***ing ass off his floor. I thought of a line from an Allen Ginsberg poem. “America I have given you all and now I’m nothing.”

  1969 > Penn Station, NYC Photo Booth

 1969 > Penn Station, NYC Photo Booth