Face to face with strangers

on the sidewalk, the train

They could have dyed their hair last night

pierced that lip

shed 50 pounds

aged 40 years

and we wouldn’t know it.

Always face to face

never phased by differences

for we didn’t know them yesterday

and only saw them

will never know them


who are always changing.


I adjust my bra in the mirror

fix my bangs

reapply my lipstick

a gift from last Tuesday

watched her turn 20 last Tuesday

hips and breasts

all reminders of last Tuesday

I only saw her yesterday

and never knew her

forever face to face

with she

who is always changing.

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