There are no words

I spot her at the grocery store

Her son was killed in 9/11

She is tenderly picking out apples

And I am scowling at green bananas

I wonder if she has heard my news

She answers me

Simply by looking over her shoulder

She must sense a familiar desperation

She turns deliberately and comes over

With a strained but graceful grimace

Of painful knowing

She wraps her arms around my stiff body

Warmly, without asking

“There are no words,” she says to me

Holding me, until my body starts to melt

“There are no words,” she says to me again

Pressing our broken hearts together

“There are no words,” she says to me one more time

As she kisses me on the cheek

And releases me back

Into the world

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