“we were exhausted” by Sasha at her kitchen counter

Thursday, May 10, 2018
11:14pm
5 minutes
To The Beach
Brian Doyle

I saw your fear in the barrel of the gun
Staring me down like the hummingbird on your tongue
I saw it loud and raw and funky and I didn’t leave
No I said, “Hi there”
And
“Nice to meet you”
And
“I’ve never met someone like you”

I saw it again when I was bleeding from my nose
Crouched on the pavement near the yellow flowers
You looked younger than you are
You looked less grey
I said, “I’m okay”
And
“Don’t worry”
And
“I’m going to be fine”

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