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Mace and Crown | May 24, 2018

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Creative Enclave: "Wonder" by Jalen Young

Wonder

by Jalen Young

What do you sound like?

How does my name fit between your teeth

Does it gnaw

Does it mesh

Or does it slowly leave those pink lips

in sweet soliloquy

What do your hands feel like beneath mine

Are they sweaty

Are they heavy

Are they nervous

Are they shaky

Are they soft and tender like beaten meat

Lacking resistance

Lacking scrutiny

Are they warm and comforting

Or are they cold and delicate

Shivering and desiring heat-

I can only wonder

You seem so far away

While walking right in front of me

Grazing my glance

Sharing your scent

Filling my eardrums with the plop of your dainty feet.

I could stop you

I could break the tension

I could look you right in your eyes and say hello

And never be lonely again

But as I open my mouth

And begin to position my feet

I realize while you’re walking away obliviously

The sun in my eyes

And the heat in my chest

that once again-

I can only wonder.