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I caught the paper

not seeing the paint opposite

you laughed when I scowled

when I swiped at you with yellow fingertips

you dodged

you asked me to teach you a game

you said you had never learned

so we started slowly

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and again

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faster now

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you stumbled

I laughed that time

I said we could stop

only if you wanted

you insisted we keep going

And so again

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keeping time with raindrops

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It’s easier to smile when you are, too

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and I can make eye contact

but you stay focused on making our hands touch

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your hair falls in your face slightly

into your eyes

I brush my own hair away without breaking pace

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you shake your head at me

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You ask to keep going

I step to the side

out of the way

I hold out my hands

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I nearly miss

half distracted

you call me out with every syllable of my name you can remember

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I reply with every syllable of yours

You asked if I knew your middle name

David, isn’t it?

You shook your head

said something in Hebrew

that most certainly was not a name

I must have looked stunned because you laughed again

Yeah. It’s David.

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You grabbed my hands before we could keep going

not anything affectionate

You said we had done it perfectly

I said you’d only just learned the game

and in a moment you had let go

you had seen the yellow paint

that stained your hands now, too

I wonder if you washed me off with the yellow

 

note: fuck fuckity fuck I don’t like feelings how do people cope

Edited by queenie_flower
goddammit I nearly deleted this that’s how fucking straight and sappy this feels that I’m thinking this hard about a stupid thing
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