an eye for the mundane

here’s a poignent (pungent?) thing. it’s a tramp asleep in a door way on Oxford Street. There’s a fair amount of them about in london so nothing new there.
but i was struck by the writing in the shop window. was it referring to his life expectancy which he’s been daily reducing from 1 week only to last day.
has he read what his life expectancy is or is he carrying on regardless ?
furthermore, this person has got nothing except a sleeping bag. yet the sign above his feet says ‘or less’.
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i was thinking – imagine we all had little counters at home which showed how long we had to live. that would certainly focus my mind …

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