“At The Movie Theatre”


You were a few seats away from me.


Darkness camouflaged my staring at you.


You seemed mesmerized,

smiling whenever DiCaprio

made his entry.


I was mesmerized by my own fantasies.


Still couldn’t make my move,

for all these people between us.


Blocking all options.


Perhaps I was also fearful

of your date, who sat beside you,

and mine

who sat beside me.



(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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