Strangers in the mall. Abridged.
Can I just say, you look beautiful?
You’re so vibrant and joyful!”
“Why, thank you.
I was just told at a writing conference
that I am colorful and songful.”
“Oh yes! What a perfect description! You are!
What writing conference was this?
I’ve always wanted to write!
The universe has brought you to me
to give me this message!”
“I hope you’ll join us next year,
please say hello. I’ll still look like
this, but hopefully there’ll be less of me.”
“Oh! There’s less of ME! I just lost 40 lbs,
just walking and cutting out chips.”
Clearly the universe brought you to me today.”