i told you i lovwd you
it was 20 degrees and neither of us was
looking at the other. headphones in and hands
stuffed deep in pockets we thought we wouldn’t make
it because there was nothing in the air to
rub up against.
i smiled when you tripped over a crack in the sidewalk -
usually you pay special attention to the ground -
you looked at me,
and turned back to the concrete. i wanted to say something
but i didn’t want to see the ghost of my words linger in
the air, and i wanted to reach out and take your hand but i
didn’t want you to pull away.
we walked to the end of the street and stopped under the
streetlight where you first kissed me and where you
smiled full-on for the first time and where i discovered it was ok
that neither of us knew what to say as long as something
finally got said.
the cars flashed by in blurs of light.
i got tired of seeing the little things so i took off my glasses
and let the sleek finishes and chrome touches melt
into each other. i looked up and saw lights and left
and saw motion and right and saw
you were looking at me.
we stared for 30 seconds
(i counted - you know what they say about those
i inhaled when you exhaled and
after five beats and the start of another
song, the words left my mouth
with all the air in my lungs.
you grinned and reached for me.