blue overalls

walking

in the woods

one of those times

she was asking about us

I was trying to respond

honestly as I could

without making commitments

& I saw him

a man in blue overalls

there by a tree

following us

looking to say something

looked like a big no

so I stopped

waited for him to catch up

which he never did

though I saw him clear

I described him to her

watched her face turn pale

sounds like my father

been gone ten years

& he smiled at that

pointed to me mouthed go

maybe you should wait a while

see if he’ll speak to you?

she stayed a while

then caught me up

said: I got nothing

though I could see him laughing

hanging back there all blue

waving goodbye

he knew

like I knew

we would not be walking

there again

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