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Random Poem:

encounter
william

She came in and sat near me at the counter,
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but didn't look in my direction.
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She flattened her hair against the back of her neck with one hand
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the way she always did when she didn't want to talk.
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Finally, I: "Hi."
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Her: "Hi."
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We said nothing, then, for a while.
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Neither of us had expected
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to see eachother this soon.
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Me: "What have you been up to?"
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Lonely and desperate.
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She: "I just came from talking to Tom."
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Unspoken: "About us."
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Me: "Did you tell him you were free now?"
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Bitter and hurt.
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She was silent, then, again, for a while.
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Finally: "It will be better for both of us, for now."
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Me, angry and childish: "Speak for yourself."
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She sighed at me the way she always did
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when I didn't understand,
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and picked up her bag and pulled on her coat
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and left without having ordered.
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I stared at my coffee.
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Slowly, but with quiet surprise, I realized my shirt
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was on inside-out.
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I peeled it off tiredly and put it back on.
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I was motionless, then, for a while.
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I sighed the way I always did
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when I didn't understand,
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took a pencil out of my pocket
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and, like a pre-teenage girl,
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drew tiny hearts on my napkin.
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