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     “He Studied Her”
 
He studied her
as he spoke
he couldn’t
help it
he loved her
she continued on
with her task
as he stole
moments of her
time,
he had found
a temporary pass
into her circle
forged onto a
reason
to talk to her,
she was polite
and looked into
his eyes
every once
in a while
doing her part
in this one sided
conversion
never catching him
once
looking anywhere
other than at
her,
he notices her
eyes
following someone
else 
approaching from
behind him
he doesn’t turn
around
even though
he wants to
his eyes glued
to her face
as she looks
away
then quickly up
at the stranger
delivering
a smile
and a
“HI”
attached
to the kind
of face
he dreamed
someday
she might flash
towards him
his sentences
slowed
as he watched
her display
of affection
and appeal
for this stranger
as he walked by
he was someone
that he didn’t
want
her to know
better.
She looks back
at him
gives him a
word of attention
trying to show him
she’s still listening
but he can see
her smile
as it deflates
she didn’t get
the type of
response
from her look
that she was
hoping for,
he knows that
feeling
and it hurts him
to see
her face wearing it
but she is
so much more
resilient
than him
two-beats later
and all her
lines
recover,
composing her
picture
into that of
the kind of girl
you wished
lived next door
to you,
he takes a
recorded look
of her
wanting to remember
this pose
and file it away
along with
all her others
as he then
reels in
his conversion
with her
as his
temporary pass
expires…
 
     Tom Allen…09-14-2017…