Stranger on the Street

You may be on a crowded street corner in Times Square.
For a brief moment you are in a holding pattern
from your scurried walk to your destination...
waiting for the light to turn.

In a sea of strangers, you are alone.

You may forget or more likely, choose not to acknowledge him,
the stranger next to you...
the one who shares with you that
momentary ambulatory pergatory.

You wait there together in suspended freedom
right next to him;
unsure of whether to awkwardly look away
or to somehow acknowledge him
with an exasperated glance, a short hello or a silent smile.

After all, you'll never see him again.
He's just a stranger.
Your mother told you not to talk to strangers.

JR NYC Street BW Fixed BLOG

Next time you stand next to a stranger on a crowded street;
remember, he is not a stranger to those he comes home to.

He may be no one special to you.
But to those he loves and who love him, in return...
He may be their whole world.

It's Black and White Wednesday.
Head on over to The Long Road to China
and join in on the fun.

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  1. Dita, Your posts are so awesome! I showed your blog off at my work the other day and all my friends agree!

  2. Now that is something to think about! Beautiful as always...


  3. Awesome black and white! Living here in Germany where NO one speaks to you or smiles. I know when I return to America I'll be viewed as some crazy girl smiling and saying hi to strangers....especially if they look like your cute hubby!! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  4. What a beautiful and thought provoking post! I love how your mind works!

    Our Blog: Double Happiness!

  5. Hellllooooo Stranger. I love to people watch and create a story for them while I wait for someone or just sit outside and see them go by.

    Some people are easy to read, sorrow, frustration, anger.

    It is so hard to just look someone in the eye and say Hello not knowing if they'll respons or play deaf.

    Lovely thoughts as always.

    Love Valerie

  6. This is an awesome post.....and so very true!! It is so ironic, because a FB friend of mine who is living in LA just wrote something very similar about Strangers in the city.

    Your writing always blows me away, but so do your beautiful pictures. I am glad that this handsome man is no longer a stranger, he is you loving and wonderful husband!

    Happy Wednesady~



  7. I love it! What else can I say? : )

  8. Beautiful image, along with a moving post!! I have come to expect that when I visit your blog and I am never disappointed. :)

  9. I know where he is ;o) Love this candid city shot! Does JR ever have a bad photo??

  10. Love your post today! You truly are an amazing writer and photographer.

  11. So true, my friend. You always make me think (and smile and laugh). Wonderful post and pciture of that handsome man of yours.

    I'm a closet people watcher. I love to hide behind my sunglasses and imagine where everyone is going and what they are really like. A fav passtime of mine - less now that I'm never alone.

    Have a great day, sweetie (the original).

  12. Awesome post Dita, I love to watch people, I can only imagine how much I'd love doing it in NYC. Love this pic of your handsome stranger, he definitely stands out from the crowd. :)

  13. WOW!!!

    Your words blew me away as much as your photo.

    So nice to read something so well written.

    Thank you for sharing both.


  14. WOW!!! Now that is a powerful post! and a powerful picture.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blog!


  15. I love, love, love this! Your words are eloquent, and that photo is stellar. I love the urban quality of a regular moment captured in time.

  16. Love that awesome pic of your handsome hubby and your profound words.

  17. Beautiful, timely and such true words...as always miss Dita you impress me. With your words and this image!!!

  18. Hello, Dita. Thank you so much for stopping by and making a comment. I love reading your post. Your hubby looks cool!

  19. Ok ~ Now you gave me something to truly think about this afternoon and I sit & enjoy this beautiful day from my front porch ~ ah...

    Great B&W! Thank You for sharing :)

  20. I love the photo as well as what you wrote! I really like the newspaper stand in the corner!!

  21. Great photo and something to think about!! Boy, you have a way with words!!

  22. Oh Dita, this is just gorgeous! Both the image (breathtaking really!) and the words. I am making a choice to smile/talk to a "stranger" today!

  23. Excellent choice of subject. I love the photo and love what you wrote. Makes you wonder..

  24. Thanks for stopping by today! YOu have a beautiful blog. I love the photograph and poem too.

  25. Awesome picture and story to go along. I love people watching :)

  26. Now that is a wonderful photo. Simply Wonderful. The picture tells a great story but you tell it good to.
    thanks for sharing

  27. Wow! I love your blog! I'm so glad you stopped by mine. I'm a follower now. I scrolled down a few posts and I really like your style of writing...and your photos are incredible!

  28. Dita, thank you so much for your recent visit to my site and your sweet and kind moments about my work! YOUR pictures are amazing! Honest, they are really, really good! Your blog and stories are wonderful as well. Your kids are super-hermosos! Hablas algo de Espanol? Love the connection with Colombia! I will be following your blog for sure! Really nice meeting you! Chao!!

  29. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing this with us. I enjoyed it.

  30. Beautiful... as always. And I love this about you - always trying to treat people the way you wish you (and your loved ones!) will be treated.

  31. This is beautiful. And so true. But I still tell my children to beware of strangers. Crazy, evil things happen, and you just never know.

  32. Just amazing. I loved every word. And I LOVE the image. Magnificent!

  33. Love all of your words and the photo!!!!!!!

  34. Bravo! ;) Excellent words and image!

    Have a great weekend.

  35. I know I always go on and on.

    Christina your images are always just gorgeous and
    well your writing has turned into this gorgeous spinning of gold and jewels beautiful. Love it.

    Happy weekend