Apology to a Stranger This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

July 11, 2015

Dear Boy Wearing a Gray Sweatshirt,
Sorry I startled when you turned your
head
and your gaze met mine
across the maroon-stone counter.
I hope you did not assume that
you were at fault
for your existence.
I was simply surprised
that you would include me in your observations
as you swept the room
with a wandering gaze
that matched the beat
of music that my parents know.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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