She Said . . .

She was sitting on the steps of one of the old gabled houses on the canals in Amsterdam—early in the morning.
She had obviously not slept, her swollen fingers picking at the scabs on her face, her clothes disheveled—looking lonely and forlorn.
When asked what she needed

She said . . .

She did not have any ID, she said
I said she should apply
She did not have an address, she said
I said she could get a PO box
She would, she said
Tomorrow, she said

She paused

She stared

She said,
“I have been saying this for eight years . . .” her voice trailing off, and her vacant gaze looking back at a future which had never gone beyond 24 hours in those eight years.