A stranger passes by,

eyes not meeting,

seeing unseeing,

long ago was a child

with dark eyes gazing up

trusting.

But betrayed.

Hating you,

Thinking, knowing,

escaping from your fist,

clenched tight,

choking all joy.

Fought free.

Coincidence,

Chance meeting.

No, not meeting,

passing.

You see, but don't see,

Know her, but don't know.

Your nightmare gaze passes over,

shifting off, unfocused.

She is water that runs through your grasping fingers.

A stranger passes by,

returns to her new life.

Smiles.