Mark has scars too:
one on the bridge of his nose where a Hermosa Beach cop hit him hard
with a closed fist when he was wearing glasses.
He had been riding his motorcycle;
it was a motorcycle accident of sorts.
One from a head plant into the curb.
He was riding his bicycle when he was drunk.
One from a hernia surgery when he was a kid.

One was from Tom: Tom split Mark's eyelid.
The argument was either about an older alcoholic woman they were rooming with,
or it was about a motorcycle, a Norton Commando, that Tom sold Mark.
It was before I knew them.

I have fewer scars than either man.


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