(Unfortunately) I Learned a New Verb: Desmayarse

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I learned a new verb Sunday: Desmayarse. It is to faint. A man fainted on the street corner. His head smashed onto the concrete sidewalk. The corner filled with his blood. An ambulance came and left without him. His wife and daughter stood there with the rest of us watching him heave his last breaths.

Blocks of us stood there in a useless solidarity, shocked by how vulnerable we are.

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