Encounter by Eric Westfall

he was tall
and not like
a long skinny drink of water either
more like
a wide-shouldered river of power
standing there on the corner

his eyes were green
leaf-green emerald-green life-green
and they looked at me
right at me
above the crowd
across the street
alive with secret cat laughter
and gleaming joy

we talked for hours
in that moment

and when he walked away
tight-jeaned and narrow-hipped
his boots crunching loud chunks of
snow and ice

spring wrapped me in his arms

© 2018 Eric Westfall. All rights reserved. Content may not be copied or used in whole or part without written permission from the author.

About the author: Eric is an American Midwesterner, and as Lady Glenhaven might say, “He’s old enough to have sailed with Noah.” In the real world he writes for a living, with some claiming what he writes is fiction. Most of the poems in A Rollerblade Day and Other Gay Poems were written between 1995 (which his partner of 30 years unexpectedly passed) and 2000. Although his partner enthusiastically encouraged him to try to get his writing published, Eric didn’t have the guts to do it until 2013 with Like a Mountain, Waiting, followed by eleven more books, including the Rollerblade collection. He hopes to have at least two more MM romance novels published by the end of 2018.

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