for you to know.

i’ve saved every single one

the moments

like snapshots

filed away in a cabinet labeled “good”

no – i will never forget

the looks

how you curled your tongue

and packed it in your cheek

as if to say:

IM HOLDING BACK

BUT I GOTTA PUT THE TENSION SOMEWHERE

tongue in cheek assertions withheld

but easily read on your face

and its appropriate

because some things

are better bereft confession

like how you held me

during that jazz standard

we were supposed to be dancing

its okay

i preferred the right-left-right-left

shuffle

and anyways

its all i could handle

since my coordination

was spent juggling

the million and one feelings

you’ve roused in me

for you.

 

-ml

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