Regular Poem: Mermaids

15 Apr

You ever
meet those people who
feel honor-bound to speak
to anyone they
make eye contact with?

Those people
whose eyes
bob
up and down
into and out of
the raging surf
of new faces
and throw out a line
to you–
a raft in the
nameless sea?

And anonymously
and briefly they
befriend you
with an account of their lives
and an inquiry into yours
until they disappear,
words exchanged on a gale,
salty and pleasant
and gone now
and maybe not that real to begin with

like a mermaid?

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