In hot late afternoon sun,
Uncharacteristic for Washington,
Two males patiently wait for long
Stoplight to change to "walk."
Younger man in jeans, T-shirt, and woolen cap,
Straddles bike, no sign of exertion.
Older man, in jogging shorts and
Tank top, sweat gleaming on bald head.
Individual, unique autonomic responses to
Exactly same environmental context.
Each person, nonverbal in distinct universe,
Although, actually, only two feet apart,
Connected and separate, alone
And together, silently sharing this moment.
Ann Beth Blake
(c) September 11, 2014