Philip Seymour Hoffman #1

I ran after him a few years ago,

and asked him, heart pounding,

whether he would see my play.

(you mustn't speak to those

well known in this city,

unless of course you must

and I did)


he said he was off to London

to direct another play and that

he had one weekend open but

most likely wouldn't make it.


I shook his hand and thanked him.

he walked west and I, still shaking

stood standing, grateful for his life.