the elderly gentleman says
"thank you dear"
as I hold the door open for him
he takes some small steps
with a cane for support
and a weary smile appears
"I have to watch this step here"
And I wait patiently behind him
he had asked the salesgirl in the Japanese store
with moon dials
but they were all out
Karen Delasala holds a BA in
English and recently completed a professional certificate in editing
from NYU. Her poetry has appeared in The Four Cornered Universe, Dragonheart Press, Living Poets and Down in the Dirt Magazine.