I enjoyed this poem….the form and the message. Yes, it is hard to know what to do sometime when strangers pass. I usually look at a person. If I sense they are looking down, avoiding eye contact, I do nothing. If they look up, I say ‘good morning’ or whatever. Solitary people walking trails or on city streets usually are pretty friendly, I find. A simple greeting can brighten someone’s day.
ha, you did well conFORMing, and kept it light and enjoyabel for sure…i smile, they can take it what they will…i tend to nod as well…or if a lady i may sometimes give a slight bow…and i will usually talk to just about anyone….
Beautifully done with the form, Sabio–using the questioning refrain worked well. A humorous take on a common occurrence. The world would go along much better if we didn’t see others as strangers–the lady in the last stanza has the right approach! Then again, some cultures are more reserved and would run in fright at such immediate familiarity, but surely even in those cultures there are ways to express openness without offence. Great work on this!
This is very well realized Sabio – light, and questioning. In a world of many cultures, one does wonder what to do. Often we speak to strangers in Texas. We say hi, or howdy, or just smile but I noticed when I said “bonjour” to people in Paris they started to follow me…oh dear! Good use of the form here. Excellent work!
enjoyed this read.. and it is true – this is a question i ask myself as well and get asked by my little ones too.. and when strangers pass and say ‘how d’ja do’, well i still am not sure what to do..
(a smile mostly works for me – unless the stranger beats me to it and greets me)
i like what gay wrote in her comment, mentioning the different cultures – yeah one can never be sure..i like to just smile at strangers sometimes, esp. when they look like they could need someone to cheer them up a bit
..well, smile…i offer a big big smile.. that’s how i greet strangers and if they smile back in return then we’re friends… if not, i don’t really care… at least i did my part in making a stranger feel acquainted with me… and, i think, i’m too blessed to give anyone a frown… hihi… i’d like to say thank you for reading my works…i appreciate all your feedbacks/commentary and tried to reply on your .queries when possible… my first visit in your place and i really enjoyed your works here… smiles…
"I hate that ordinary citizen-readers have been made to feel intimidated by poetry, when in fact it can be so much fun, and so lucid, insightful and contemporary. In this I am very much on the Garrison Keillor culture-team. A poem is a conversation or an encounter with a deeply committed, highly entertaining friend."
-- Tony Hoagland (poet)
"A sad literary irony is poets who crave to be understood but don't write as if they do."
-- Sabio Lantz (a non-poet)