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How Do You Greet a Friendly Stranger?

Updated on March 6, 2018
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A lifelong reader & writer, Liz writes poetry; articles on this, & other sites; & playing with words. She also enjoys movies & reviewing.

Bus In San Francisco

Mother would ride the San Francisco Muni buses.
Mother would ride the San Francisco Muni buses. | Source

A Shocking Reply

On her way to work each morn,

mother rode the bus.

And on her way to the place

where her bus would stop,


She met eachday a woman

who was walking the other way.


As weeks passed by, my Mother thought,

"I see this lady every day,"

"Her presence

in my face, and yet

I've not acknowledged her,"


"Whatever

must

she think?"


And so, next day,

at the time they met,

Mother paused, and spoke:

"Good morning."


Surprised, my mother was

when instead of like reply,

This stranger stopped--

looked Mother up and down,


Retorted, shocked, "Good Morning??!!??

Who the hell are you??!!"

Did That Stranger Perceive My Mother Thus:

Did that lady see my mother through this lens?
Did that lady see my mother through this lens?

About This Poem

My mother told this story a few times. She thought it was funny. I think I would have been offended, or at least, taken aback. Perhaps I'd have made some smart retort.

In any case, it was mother's story to tell, and not mine. I first set this tale to paper back in June of 1988, revised it some in June of 2010, and again in March of 2018.

None of the revisions were major; just some tidying up of the phrasing.

© 2010 Liz Elias

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  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    epigramman--

    Thank you very much for such a wonderful compliment!

    **shoving head back into proper size***

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    epigramman 

    7 years ago

    ...oh my goodnes - I MUST FOLLOW YOU RIGHT NOW!!!!!

    ...What an absolutely wonderful writer you are - I could come here as your student and study your writing - it's that good!!!!!

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    8 years ago from Oakley, CA

    oliversmum, Hi--thanks for stopping by! My mother was a fairly unflappable person, and after her initial startled reaction, she thought this was funny, and felt sorry for such a crotchety person who probably had few friends.

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    oliversmum 

    8 years ago from australia

    DzyMsLizzy. Hi. Goodness me, how would you react to a reply such as that. I guess you had to be there.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story, it did put a smile on my face,

    Thank you for sharing it with us. :) :)

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    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

    Indeed! Very nice! Great laugh with a great economy of words! Kudos!!! Thank you DzyMsLizzy!

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