A Pleasant Stroll on a Sunny Day

A perfect walk
is a walk on which
I walk by
no one
no one to greet
or not greet
no one to
make me choose
“hello” or “hi”
“good morning” or “good afternoon”
no one to make me feel
shame in my silence
unspeaking, unable
unfriendly as we pass
no one to make me hear
my voice

A perfect walk
is a walk on which
I do not exist
on which I am no one
passing along the side
walks unseen
a ghost
with aching knees
and quiet anxiety

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