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I spent a lot of time sitting in the windowsill of the hotel room, watching people and thinking. I guess I've always been a big people-watcher. I love to watch them and imagine what they're going through right this very second, where they came from and where they're headed in such a rush. Or maybe why they're just sitting there alone in the park, looking down at their shoes or up at the sky, seemingly not even noticing the imminent rain clouds that loom above them. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Where do you work? Who do you know? Why are we here? Why did I see you? Is is some act of fate or is it just a random meaningless coincidence? Maybe I'll see you again, someday, maybe I won't. If I do, will I remember you? Will I tell you what I thought about on that hot June day when I saw you sitting on the bench with that coffee-stain on your crisp white oxford dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up and your blazer drapped over the bench next to you, while you read your newspaper and waited at the green-line T-stop on your way to Hynes? Will I tell you what I thought about on that latenight walk on Huntington, while I sat alone by the reflecting pool, surrounded only by lights and sounds of the city, when suddenly there you were, with your camera and your friend, sharing the silence and the view as you captured the moment with your shutter? Will I tell you what I thought about when I saw you lying face down in the grass, the red orange glow of a cigarette visable in contrast with the darkness around you and the old bike thrown carelessly on the ground beside you?
Or will I forget you?

Or will you remember me, because you were people-watching, too?

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We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to. - W. Somerset Maugham


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The following comments are for "People Watching in the City"
by BelleMorland

Watcher
The watcher is also being watched. I like this.

( Posted by: MsTink [Member] On: July 7, 2006 )

good good
this was a good read. I love the way you put everything down like it's your own thought process. as I read on, the questions came faster and faster. I loved this!!

( Posted by: SingChi [Member] On: July 16, 2006 )





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