His son said the policeman visited
unusual for such a high rank to house call
surprised – his father
as was the officer with the admission.
“Yes. I did. And do.”–
One room, two very surprised people.
“So, you know it’s illegal
and continue to ….
The policeman asked if he would now desist.
The son said he never admired his father more –
“ it’s not going to go away,
they can come to my pharmacy and get a new syringe
and clean needles –
no questions asked,
the alternative is hepatitis .. and the rest.”
Nor did he ever admire a policeman more –
“ you’re absolutely right, but people are on my back.”
The son said
sometimes at night
a phone call and a muffled voice “ tomorrow afternoon, 3.30 ”
siren, lights, a squad of uniforms ….
We acted on a complaint announced the district commander,
and found nothing.