First Encounter

First Encounter

Meeting the eyes

of a stranger

could unveil

many possibilities.

After cordial greetings,


and years of familiarity,

this person could be

my worse enemy

or best of friends.

Whatever is in the cards,

the road of discovery

begins with a simple


By Katherine Givens

(Originally published in the Winter Solstice 2012 issue of The Rusty Nail.)