I watch

I watch you walk.

I could call out, no, stop,

and you would hear me and spin on your heel

with a smile that is only half real–

but I watch you walk.

Forget the plans we had for dinner,

forget the evening of us together,

I don't mind.

In time, you will have time for me,

and when time is gone, what a pity,

but the sadness that sinks in me

does not invoke tears.

There is a diamond sparkling in this lump of coal

I must swallow.

I watch you walk,

your shoulders brushing his,

and I know you're ecstatic he's the one you're with.

I'm just a friend.

I return alone to my room, and imagine.

I burn all night long.

The End

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