Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Everyday Strangers

I walk the same street every morning,
and every morning, the dogs in one yard
bark at me and my dog, as though
they had never seen us before.

And the pot-bellied pig grunts.
He is as big as the two German Shepherds—
one docile and friendly, the other
always angry.

Then two tiny mutts, constant
in their yap yap yapping, begging
to be stepped on. And Buster, walking beside me,
growls his displeasure once we've passed.

The pig thinks he's a dog. I know;
I've watched him. We are everyday strangers—
our paths habitually crossing, like walking in circles,
like clockwork.


"Everyday Strangers" was picked up for publication by The Rusty Nail Magazine.  It appears on the literary magazine's website and in the June-July 2013 issue of The Rusty Nail.

On August 30, 2013, "Everyday Strangers" was read by Conrad Balliet on Conrad's CornerWYSO 91.3 FM as part of his local poets project.


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