Sidewalk Futures (Written February 17, 2017)

girls can spin futures out of sidewalk passes

four steps away

he is handsome

three steps away

he brings her flowers on the first date

two steps away

he is down on one knee

one step away

it’s the honeymoon phase


|then the pass happens|


he checks his cell phone

she is intrigued by her own shoelaces

neither speaks

and yet


in her mind

they have

four kids

three cats

two dogs

all without saying

one word.

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