Hospital Guests

When I was lying in my hospital bed
Joy tried to visit
She ran down the hall
High heels clicking
On the linoleum
Bracelets jangling
A large bag
Full of candy
And magazines
The nurse told her to leave
She was too loud
The candy was too sweet
I was too sick
Maybe a different day
Then came Hope
Her sneakers
Barely tapping
On the tile
A small book
In her brown
Paper bag
The nurse didn’t even know
She was there
In her silence, Hope
Unlike Joy
Had found me
In the most
Of places

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Subway Encounters

You’re sitting across from me
In your green oversized coat
Your headphone wires
Crooked Glasses
Too large of a smile
There is a low hum
A thin buzz
A bee searching for honey
So fine a strand
It brushes against the ear
Like a spider web
You are singing softly
Along with your music
As if it can 
Outlast time