Your chameleon eyes draw me in
I’m drowning I want to drown I want to be immersed in you
A glance is an eternity
But your eyelids drop instantly
Chameleon eyes hiding from me.
My own eyelids too quickly dropped
Too many glances
Too many blushes
Even the teenaged salesgirl in the jeans store
Sees my animation
All lit up by a few words from you
You look so happy! she says
We’re in a crowd of people
No one exists but you
Every tendril of my being is aware only of you
My words to you are nonsensical
I’m too aware of all that is going on underneath the words
One evening your arm accidentally brushes mine
It thrills me like an embrace
My whole body responding to that one momentary sharing of our skins’ surfaces.
A rainy, miserable day
I finally understood.
Under all the words that weren’t about us
Your message was clear.
Next time I’ll fall in love with someone who meets my gaze.