Waiting

I stand alone,
Pondering on the sidewalk.
The wind picks up,
Making the leaves swirl around me.
The cold night pinches my skin,
Nevertheless I resolutely stand there.

Waiting.

Cars streak by,
Lights flashing and horns blaring.
I shove my hands into my pockets,
Protecting them from the biting cold.
The end of my scarf dances in accordance with the breeze,
Nevertheless I resolutely stand there.

Waiting.

Pedestrians walk on by,
Adjusting their gait when they pass me.
Couples walking jauntily hand in hand, laughing and talking.
Working adults rushing home to their families,
Nevertheless I resolutely stand there.

Waiting.

For I stand in the middle of the pavement.
Neither here.
Nor there.
It’s been too long.
I should move.
Nevertheless I resolutely stand there.

Waiting.

Time seems to be against me,
But I refuse to pay attention.
If death won’t come to me,
Then I to it.
And so I step forward,
Off the pavement.

Waiting no more.
 

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