Strangers first before friends


I meet a stranger; we smile.
Hello, says this unknown one.
I return a polite greeting.
We smile; making small talk.

I had two choices at the time.
Say good-day and walk away.
But I did not say such a thing.
Instead I exchanged names.

In that moment a friend instead.
No longer the stranger a moment ago.
Life’s path are filled with choices.
One I made to call you friend.

An encounter by chance; two strangers.
Our paths crossed on opposite sides.
We could have gone on without stopping.
What made you stop; what made me look?

Life is full of chance encounters.
Grab your chances with both hands.
It could be the best thing that happens.
If not, a mistake made; a lesson learnt.

We were total strangers.
I see you now and I cannot imagine.
My life without you is a blank canvas.
What made you look; what made me stop?

By C.E. Pereira


Author: cepcarol

I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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