THERE WERE SEVEN GREEN BEANS

There were seven green beans

and a fist of rice

remaining

on

his

plate,

when he asked

to be excused.

His

father

looked

at his plate,

and then at him,

saying

nothing.

The boy looked back

at his father

for awhile,

then rose,

walked out the door,

and across the world,

to eat

in peace.