Just Another Street Encounter – John Cooper

a dance of comfortable acquaintance begins

John Cooper masterfully brings to life a chance meeting between two friends. John is a talented poet who has a gift for conveying observations vividly through the medium of carefully crafted verse. We are very thankful that John has decided to share his excellent work.

Just Another Street Encounter



Two old friends, perhaps neighbours,
greeting each other,
stand in the street below,
passing time in gossip and pleasantries.

A temporary meeting,
evolves to a longer dialogue,
as warming to their respective tasks,
laughter grows loudly.

During short pauses,
a dance of comfortable acquaintance begins,
led by each partner in turn,
prolonging this life interlude.

Then, once all chatter seems exhausted,
there is a cheery, but hesitant parting,
with expressions of mild reluctance,
to take up more mundane daily routines.

Oh me…

I am just the ‘net curtain observer’ of this scene,
not part or involved,
a voyeur of others connections,
returning to a private observance of a solitary role .

John Cooper

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