Tuesday, July 26, 2011
one on one hundred lonely
clock on my phone blinks 11:17, I tuck it away and fold my hands
fold them carefully, like I might fold a fancy dinner napkin
the longer it takes to fold my hands, the longer I can avoid looking at
I watch a speck of dust sigh in and out, all around the room
Its so full. Full of people. They have faces, but to me they are all one shade
My heart catches in my throat when I see a flash of color. It dances in the gray. Teasing. Luring.
I see them for an instant that is split into a thousand splinters and then shatters.
Everything falls away because for a shattered second I have your eyes. And they have me. So completely we have each other.
My hands drop to my sides. They tingle.
And then You're gone.
And He is there.
His gray eyes watch me with authentic earnest that only rolls off my skin like marbles, heavy with disinterest.
Hundreds of bodies around me.
One on One across from me.
One on One's all around me.
I go back to folding my hands. Carefully, articulately I label each finger, each inch of flesh in my mind something to watch other than the carnival around me.
The last label I reserve for my pinkie finger, as I tuck it under all the rest: Lonely.