“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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