I saw the busy street you crossed the last time I saw you
As the river of time, carrying you away forever.
Your pale coat swirled like a leaf in the current
In the crowd of anonymous bodies hurrying back to work.
I turned around and started to walk in the other direction
But because of the tears in my eyes I failed to see a dentist
Standing outside the entrance to his office and collided with him
Knocking him down.
Man ejected from Rooftop Club: Sam Cobean, The New Yorker, Feb. 11, 1950
Man ejected from bar: Sam Cobean, The New Yorker, Oct. 8, 1949