Avoidance

by Billy Collins

illustrator Florence Manlik

Issue IV

FM 12 N

When I spotted him on the street
walking ahead of me with that same woman,

I pretended to look into the window
of a store that happened to be empty,

but when I glanced up 
and saw them waiting on a corner

for the light to change, 
I realized it was only someone who looked like him—

then I wondered all the way home
where in the world he could possibly be.

 

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