Poetry by Shawn Aveningo-Sanders
Does the two-year-old boy know
as he jostles in a high-tech, mommy-jogger stroller
how his smiling steel-blue eyes, his innocent coo
momentarily warmed the stone
I carry in my chest pocket?
Does the brunette barista realize
how that extra dollop of whipped cream atop my mocha
tickled my nose for just an instant,
reminding me I can
And that thin man in baggy dungarees
sitting on the corner curb
who offered me a sip from his sacred bottle-—
Did he know how his generosity stirred me
from the sleepwalk of my life?
Beautiful strangers. The silhouetted souls
that brush against us on the metro,
merely for a chance to connect,
no matter how brief, how innocuous,
how seemingly unwanted.
We see them every day.
Doppelgangers. Other versions of ourselves.
Do these beautiful strangers know
the power they possess? How they jolt
us back to life, if only for a moment.
Shawn Aveningo-Sanders is the author of What She Was Wearing, an inspirational book of poetry/prose that reveals her #metoo secret—from survival to empowerment. Shawn’s poetry has appeared globally in over 150 literary journals and anthologies. She’s a Pushcart nominee, Best of the Net nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box press, as well as managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in Beaverton, Oregon.