Thursday, April 9, 2015

You Alright? She Asked

Leaving a baseball game, seventh inning,
to avoid toes of people in my row
I go to hurdle my stadium seat.

My shoe gets caught in the slats of seat's back
and I take a tumble.  On the way down 
I see a woman’s face, sheer agony
from fear I might be undone by the fall.

The woman shows empathy for a true
stranger, without knowing that in falling
his mind is calm, nonresistant, grateful
for her caring concern and compassion.

In flight he loses his purchase, all sight
of self, as though he were but a witness
to the event without an interest 
in the outcome . . . oh, only the slightest.

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