Tuesday, January 03, 2012


he was walking with friends
with his hands in the pockets of his jeans

when he saw a shivering girl
stood outside a busy cafe

her right hand in a plaster cast
and stitches over her left eye

dressed in boots and jeans,
a heavy, gray pea coat and colorful scarf

her hair was bright red
tied back in a pony tail

thick plumes of steam escaped her mouth
as she breathed out into the ice cold air around her

he thought about leaving his friends
to cross the street and say hello to her

to find out what happened to her
but the thought left him as fast as it came

and he passed her by.

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