Our eyes meet today
and we exchange a warm “Hello!”
as if we had shared so much before.
You ask “Is everything alright?”
and i wonder how you would ever know?
But you have already turned away
and i return a half smile and wave goodbye.
Just days before we caught
each others glance and
barely nodded in greeting
and i have seen so many days
where in the back i watch
your singular gestures
yet you have never spoken
so animatedly to me.
At times i see a child with you
your hand upon his lithe and bony shoulder
and though i exchange smiles
with the shy little child
your eyes seem to see
I watch you amble away
your hand always nestled
casually in your pant pocket
and know i could call out
but i feel if i open my mouth
i will finally blurt out and ask
“What happened to your arm?”