advice for the traveller :: tania hershman

Fall, if possible
within an hour of your arrival

in any new city. Fall well
on knees and hands, in public

make sure you are seen. Bleeding
is optional. If someone immediately

lifts you without pausing
his mobile conversation, you will know

this is a place worth staying in. Limp
to the nearest park, sit and watch

locals by a fountain, dozing, kissing
walking dogs. Do not rush. If you have

fallen properly, there will be no need
to fall here again. Your knee’s sweet

sting and bruise will remind you
of attention, the necessity for kindness