Her doe in the headlight stare
the man’s defiant stance, just
waiting, wanting…her to dare
but only the glaring notes bounced.
A diffident stranger watches
hoping she will look his way
noting the burly man, more notches
of arrogance in his demeanor.
She hesitantly glances back
before moving toward the door.
The deafening soundtrack
blasts silently, denying the moment.
The strangers stare offers assistance
she shudders and quickly shakes her head
hoping to deny any further insistence.
Praying he doesn’t see the stranger.
Her subdued plea shouts don’t intervene,
reluctantly the stranger walks away
frustrated with the whole damn scene.