the stroll

have you ever walked down the street at night?
close your eyes, picture your feelings
do you feel safe? warm? cold? calm?
scared? on edge? jumpy? 
is your music on high
are you stepping to the beat?
your keys swinging sideways
and your gum between your teeth?
are your headphones unplugged
expertly hidden in your pocket
where a phone may be, or a mp3 player
but your phone is in your other hand
and your fingers have keys in between them?
do you stride confidently
stopping when your tired?
do you quicken your steps
when another passes?
take a deep breath
are you alert? 
are you thinking of other things?
are you still with me?
look to your right, to your left

are they friends or foe?
can you afford to find out?