Others' Sighs



We slowed down at a crossing

to look both ways and

I leaned forward as much as I could,

as if to whisper in your ear.

But with our helmets on

and the machine growling

I had to yell

and you had to say "what?"

I think I said something about whichv way we should go, but

in that moment,

I noticed the lines by your left eye

and I wondered about the laughing and crying

you had done so far in your life,

before I even knew you.

And I imagined you growing older

and I knew I wanted to be there:

Seeing and hearing and experiencing

all the things that would make those lines deeper.

Written by Stephanie Darnell

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