lovely strangers

i remember him

we never spoke much

a simple question and answer sufficed

valued items changed hands

the exchange was at an end

three minutes, tops

yet my cheeks flushed

and i stammered

every time

i remember you

you were fascinating

black plastic glasses, unkempt hair, tattoo

maybe your name was ben

alex, johnny, pete

or any number of other names

whatever it was would have fit you

like a glove

but i never knew

i don’t suppose you remember me

most days i’d check to see if you were there

blushing if you caught me at it

staring straight ahead with burning ears

i stopped buying coffee when you worked

worrying that i sounded a fool

stories have to end sometime

i wonder where yours has taken you

supposing you’d never remember me