Exactly What Happened

Lighting is everything

and the time of day too

 

is important

and always partly to blame.

 

And the large room

full of people with drinks

 

in their nervous hands

must also be considered

 

as much as the reason

we were there,

 

which was art – bad

and under the scrutiny

 

of bright white light

and we knew each other

 

from the books we wrote

and we were there because

 

it was part of the event

which featured both our names

 

in the program.

And before the crowd thinned out

 

we found a balcony that hovered

effortlessly in the dark air

 

and felt the north exhaling

it’s cold breath

 

which prompted you

to step closer and inhale

 

my perfume

as you looked into me

 

for a moment without a word

and you didn’t even take my hand

 

which might have seemed strange

if we were both still young,

 

and instead, you swallowed hard

and silently lowered your chin

 

over my spinning head

and both of your arms were

 

tight and tender around me

as if you were apologizing

 

for something we both knew

couldn’t exist in this beautiful

 

and whispering dark.

 

 

DeMaris Gaunt

9-5-14

 

 

 

 

 

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