today I met a man…

Today I met a man.

But not really.

Rather our paths crossed.

The private paths of our own separate worlds made a juncture

And we were there.


We told our impersonal names

And shook each other’s hand

Warmly and firmly – to convey

Our interest

Which wasn’t there


We shared our views

On the weather, politics,

And latest news.

And other foreign things

Which were not there


And when the conversation lagged

We said:

“Glad to have met you”

“Same here”

We lied, smiled, and extended our hands

Again and parted –

Glad to be on our separate ways

From our little meeting.

Today I met a man

But not really.

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