I Played A Game of Craigslist Curb Alert

I Played A Game of Craigslist Curb Alert

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Last Friday I played a game of Craigslist Curb Alert

Announcing: One Smallish but Smiling, Free Maelyn

Stranded on the Street.

Comes with Groceries,


And a dead cell phone.

Plus a purse of


Rummage if you dare.


No Response…

for quite awhile.

Just sitting and waiting in some shadier patch.

Legs wound-up criss-cross applesauce,

gone-rogue car-keys yet to come across.

Stuck outside at this sidewalk pop-a-squat,

getting dangerously close to fully distraught


So Craig and I resigned to Missed Connections


Still sitting…

and waiting.

Still smallish…

and smiling.

Just getting

more sweaty.


Yet now each passerby, each pedestrian

shopper and skater

all the babies-on-board and every break-time employee,

became opportunity for much more than

mere chance encounter.

An invitation posed:

Just one look and smile

I’m sitting here,

You’re standing there

Will you connect with me?

I can see you,

Are you seeing me?


No Response…

for quite awhile.


Turn your head,

Shift your gaze.

Avoid eyes and walk faster

Hey, that’s alright.

Sidewalk strangers

I understand, I for sure get it.

Unprotected heart contact?

Sounds scary,

could be chancy.

At worst

might be catching.




Want some ice cream?

(Mine’s melting)

Push your cart back?

(I’m just waiting)

Have a great day.

(You deserve it)


Two hours of life-watching.

Two hours of life-living.

Not one moment undervalued.

No one person gone unseen.


Lots of emotions

(for a walkway)

Until surfaced surrender

(in the gutter)

Followed by trust

(as more and more time passed)


And as I defrosted old stories named “Separation”

slowly peeling back false packaging

catching sight of mismarked labels,

there came an answer to my Curb Alert:

A Connection.

New Contact.

A High-five turned hitchhike

Both borrowed a phone

and got my ride home.

Started my weekend

with a brand-new stranger-turned-friend



It turns out that key I lost?

Was never for my car.


New Craigslist Posting.

Community Bulletin:

One Open and Fearless, Free Maelyn.

Makes eye contact, Asks questions

is comfortable with quiet.

Warning: she’s got a heart melted wide open,

She’ll love you if you dare.




Joy beams and good juju!

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