Fundamental Attribution Error – Howard Debs


I don’t want to be an alarmist but around the corner outside of this library in an alcove near the
emergency exit there’s a good-sized chartreuse suitcase just lying on its side and people are passing
by ignoring it; I saw it on my way in to return my books, it’s there next to a large plastic bag stuffed
full, I’m not sure what’s inside the bag or the suitcase either so I thought I’d better let someone
know—oh you’re saying it’s someone who’s homeless, who left them there to come inside to cool off,
they do it all the time—Ok so I’ll leave it up to you to decide what to do I didn’t intend to cause a scare
but you can’t be too careful nowadays, with so many crazy people out there you know what I mean.


Howard Richard Debs is a finalist and recipient of the 28th Annual 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards. His essays, fiction, and poetry appear internationally in numerous publications, and his full length work Gallery: A Collection of Pictures and Words, (Scarlet Leaf Publishing) has recently been released. He is listed in the Directory of American Poets & Writers:

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