Day twenty one of NaPoWriMo requires me to write about an overheard conversation or a phrase. As the name suggests, I chose to write about something I didn’t hear.
I was back from a full-day team outing,
Getting to a night time half marathon.
I stopped for a snack at a fast food joint.
One last meal to help me finish the run.
Probably not what my body required,
Not my first time explains complacency.
After a full day of overeating,
Maybe my stomach should’ve earned some rest.
Better to be stuffed than starving I thought,
With that happy thought, I stepped out of there.
I noticed someone standing in my way,
She had her head down, talking on the phone.
She looked up, as I was walking past her,
I recognized her as an ex-colleague.
I flashed a smile at her instinctively,
She smiled back too, but I froze in my stride.
There was a teardrop streaking down her cheek,
Her eyes appeared full, signalling more tears.
Should I keep walking as she was on call?
Should I stop to check if she was alright?
By then I had walked a little ahead,
Our eyes were locked, her phone still in her ear.
I walked away without interference,
Wondering what she might be talking about.