Making small-talk over coffee
The obligatory question:
What do you do?
Oh, really? Where?
And before that …
When were you there?
A shift, the widening of eyes,
She’s falling, grabbing for purchase, failing
Plunging back to the worse day of her life.
Now I’m back there with her
Not my worst day, but a terrible day
Memorable for all the wrong reasons
Unwillingly, reluctantly shared.
We are both stunned
Awkwardly concerned for the other
Unable to recover.
Neither of us will sleep tonight.