This post has been removed as a stipulation for submitting it in a poetry contest.

The Prompt: Middle Seat—It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?


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      1. grieflessons Post author

        I know. And there are times I have hurried to pick up a book, afraid a person next to me would start talking, but actually those times are far in the past. I’ve never really sat next to anyone who was not interesting to talk to, and always, if they are Mexican, they give me their card and tell me I’m welcome to stay at their house if I ever visit or say to call if I come to Guad or invite me to whatever family house they are coming to visit…Men and women both extend these invitations and I’ve never gotten the vibes that it is a “pick-up.”


  1. Linda Crosfield

    Ha! Laura, I just dialled up “comments” so I could remark on those same lines:

    What were we born for
    if it was not to read each other?

    Wish I’d written that!

    Judy, who’s the “you” that comes in in the last stanza?


  2. grieflessons Post author

    Well, again poetic license. It is Duckie, but actually he met me in the states with the flower. I wanted to be coming back to Mexico, so I combined happenings in two different trips! It is meant to be someone the narrator in the poem cares for.


  3. Johng547

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