Scuffed shoes mark the pavement

Leaves blow in the wind

And tears fall to the ground

She's waited all day

Another sleepless night

And now her heart is breaking

So plain, so simple, so profound

Rejection staring her down

As she commands her ground

The only semblance of control

She can manage at the moment

He just walks past

Unaware of her torment

Glancing at her face

He can't see past the mask

She smiles warmly

Wipes away the tears

Nods her head in his direction

As he passes by