Sitting Next to a Stranger at the Town Hall Theater

<p> Pardon me for thinking this armrest</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; was ours. For assuming what they were</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> singing had more to do with our lives</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; than theirs. What, I&rsquo;m guessing, brings</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> you here, too. It&rsquo;s hard to read the titles</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; above the tenor&rsquo;s head, without wanting</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> to say the same thing to you. How chance</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; finds two strangers sitting on a bench</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> in the park. And not separated at birth,</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;the Playbill notes say, we&rsquo;ll come to learn</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> later. I don&rsquo;t want to believe I&rsquo;m sitting next</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; to my sister, even if that sears their plot,</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> lets the soprano engage her lover.</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And not the guy sitting to your right,</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> I want to think of as your father, not anyone</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;who might have walked you here,</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> across our town green. Not raising</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; his voice above a whisper.</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> Like I&rsquo;m leaning over to do.</p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If I can have your ear,&nbsp;<em>la mia bella</em></p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> <em>senora.</em>&nbsp;My armrest-sharer, my afternoon</p><p> opera-goer.</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p> <strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Gary Margolis, Cornwall</strong></p>

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