the hermit

he has been
all alone
in a twenty story
for almost
two years now

he was so
to see me
to have someone
to talk to

and i was
to get done
then get out

but i let him
ramble on
nodding and
even smiling
behind my mask
seeing a kindred
forgotten by
nearly everyone
a ghost
an empty building
a spectre
in their own
hazy life

he looked
as i put the
machine back
together again
sensing how
the silence prowled
in the halls

he followed me
out of the office
down the elevator
and kept talking
the entire way

i hope i was not
the highlight
of his day
because that
just makes a sad
situation worse

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