THE EMPTY SEAT

there is no empty seat between us
this means something in a darkened theater
when there are plenty of open spaces
and famous faces clutch their tickets outside
waiting for the next show

I’m not sure
but out of the corner of my eye
I thought I saw you turn to me
but films play tricks on the mind
whether you watch them or not

on the street
where I took on a shy celebrity stride
made confident by the balmy air
and the strangeness of a new neighborhood
I recounted, to you
a moment when you had crossed a street
years ago
to greet me with a jacket on

but it was all about as real
as the pop up parking vendor
who vanished with our money
leaving us with a space
in a bank parking lot for the night

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