"A Stranger's Smile"

by Jeph Johnson


A stranger's smile
I know him not
Expressionless I gaze
Yet my emotions
Seem more active
And travel through a maze
He looks away
And seems to grin
Content that our eyes met
I stay bewildered
At loss for words
Harboring regret
Should I have nodded
And acknowledged
My curiosity complete
Or kept quiet
Like I did
In essence, a retreat?

Author's Notes/Comments: 

circa 2000 

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