Not Quite

So easy to smile
with you by my side
like all we need
is proximity
one of those half truths
we can’t wholly believe

It will start with a nudge
shoulder into shoulder
while standing in line
wordlessly gawking
at the similarly clueless
the not quite in love

Then purloined words
bits and bobs of language
repurposed in service
of a secret shared
that mutual maybe
we’re waiting to say yes

Less conversation
than mutual declaration
the uncomfortable business
of returning to before
easy smiles
side by side


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