Dimly lit room (a poem)

The March 11th prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano, is to write a poem about a déjà-vu experience. In this case, the moment reminded me of part of a dream I had one night a while back.

I stood in a dimly lit room
surrounded by strangers
but connected to none

A woman stood at one end of the room
moving the strangers around
like pieces on a chessboard

I stood in a dimly lit room
surrounded by strangers in motion
while I remained still

Few words were spoken
we were strangers, after all
yet this felt familiar

I stood in a dimly lit room
surrounded by strangers
playing familiars

Some people began weeping
strangers in silence
familiar in tears

I stood in a dimly lit room
surrounded by strangers
who remained strangers to me

Except for one familiar face
revealed to me
in the light of this new day

(11 March 2015)