W is for Watching You

Watching You

Watching you watch me
I begin to see myself differently
the way you might
the stranger on a first date
noticing clean finger nails
cut short for safety
and the way my smile
lilts just a little to the right
the way I bit the inside of my lip
how I say ‘um’ and ‘uh’ too much
then swing my hands out wide while talking
too close to the second glass of wine
for the comfort of a stranger
unaccustomed to my level of klutz
I rake my fingers through long hair
the colour of roasted filberts
and smile when you know what those are
while we talk about my favorite spots that you just found
and my eyes go soft for the thought
it makes me understand
the girl I am today
not broken by the past
at least that you can see
smart, intelligent, a little pretty maybe
funny if you get the quick wit of literary reference
and the truth of a girl
I didnt know.

For the month of April I’ve committed to writing 26 poems, falling into the Alphabet.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.  To learn more about the A-to-Z Challenge visit www.a-to-zchallenge.com.


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