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Four months ago you worked across the room from me
six hours a day
five days a week
and I thought, "I'd like a man like that."

Except I already had one nothing like you,
and integrity trumps all.

Two weeks ago
it all changed.
Suddenly I was by myself in the bigger picture,
and with you in the smaller one--
across a table for yet another friendly lunch,
another forty minutes of secretly feeling sixteen.

I watched your shy eyes smile in that different way
and wondered if it was moving fast
or just moving closer to home.

Comfortable silences
and real laughter combine
to make unfamiliar deja vu.
I remember this,
or at least remember what I wanted once
before I traded it for what I thought I needed.

You think I'll be sick of you soon.
"Anytime now," you laugh as you kiss my forehead
and I close my eyes so my sense of touch
overtakes everything else.

You don't want what everyone wants,
the quick satisfaction of lust dressed as
a soulmate.
You don't want the lust at all, and
that scares me.
The last time I felt like this,
four years took a piece of me and
left a jagged piece of him.

You still sit across a room
six hours a day,
five days a week.
You raise your eyebrows at me
in one of those little faces you make
because you're too bashful sometimes to just smile.

That's all right.  
I'm smiling enough for us both.
Is it a rebound if there's no sex? Is it moving too fast if it resembles a merry-go-round in a soft breeze?

Or is it just something comforting to be enjoyed for what it is while it's there?
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Writer
Your questions are as poignant and real as your poem. It's good to find comfort in faces made across a room.
Smiles can be brief, but real ones (disguised or not) are always a comfort.

One good kiss -even a light one- can comfort anyone.
Congratulations on the DLD.
This piece seems to be a "rebound" that way. :) Thank you.
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spoems Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Writer
The facade of lightness in these verses sort of dances over a heavy and excitable fear. Dueling emotions is a sign of depth in a poem, so I say this is a good one.
lelioimmortalIS Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
This is a wonderful piece...all your work is...
neywon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Life is never simple. Love is even more unsimple. But both life and ;love are, so therefore we still need them both. Thing about them is most often we don't choose either fo them, they choose us.
rcybergeek Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
You never know until you try...what was that saying about better to have loved...
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