you walked out into the day, and i couldn’t follow

in your absence– when you left–
as you walked away–
i watched your back
i watched the golden evening glow
in your skin; i wondered, curious,
at the scars i saw on your arm

i smiled at a woman who followed you out
ignored a coworker speaking, and knew
suddenly what it was to want you
all over again;
i grew dizzy with lack, with longing, with like

i shook it off and went on working– continued to smile and wave
and offer monopoly game boards as if you had never come,
as if the day hadn’t changed color and dimmed afterward,
as if a part of me hadn’t slid over itself to see you leave.


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