first meeting

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of an igniting kind,
your eyes held an allure,
the iridescent gaze never touching me,
but keeping stable the carefully-crafted
space between us,
between restraint and desire,
demarcating our manner of speaking,

i wonder if you knew of my need to forego any
responsibility, why i did not take the first step
towards breaking the hazard of a first meeting,

i had held my words close to my chest,
tasted eucalyptus at the back of my tongue,
crafting the sounds of my voice in a way
that they shall not dissect this set order,

i was scared, i am scared, still, that i can
not be trusted to peer through a pair of eyes
to know or begin to know, all that i seek
and all that i may want,

your resting pose only perplexed me,
i seemed to be lost in my sapling-like
mind, a single thought rising in warmth
(this is where it begins to fade)
drinking the sunlight off your face, and
the silence of my dusk-enamored smiles.

your leave-taking compounded my interest
in that yearning, and not your absence —
i keep it near and vanquish the details
of the loneliness, of that solitary evening,
which is not mine to hold on to.

it is also yours. i accept,
pulling back my heartstrings.

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© Anmol Arora

Image source (Man with a heart-IV by Stanislav Bojankov)
Linking it up with the Tuesday Platform at With Real Toads

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11 thoughts on “first meeting

  1. mhmp77 says:

    kaykuala

    keeping stable the carefully-crafted
    space between us,
    between restraint and desire,

    The first meeting obviously can be so stressful! that it may be a ‘make or break’ in consequence

    Hank

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  2. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES says:

    I love the term “the hazard of a first meeting.” I think there could be a second chapter, second meeting here. But maybe not. Yearning is poetic feeling in a deep place.

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  3. I love the “hazard of a first meeting”. So intense. And then we get to the fifth stanza. Wow. Your “sapling-like mind”…I like that image. So much yearning and fear in this. The deep place of feeling…an excellent write.

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  4. Kerry says:

    I like the way you began the poem with a phrase, and no capital letter.. that invited me directly into the reading experience. You have worked the metaphor of the tree through the lines very well indeed.

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  5. Margaret Schaff Bednar says:

    “peer through a pair of eyes
    to know or begin to know, all that i seek
    and all that i may want,”….

    that is the vulnerable part – and yet if we don’t risk, we will regret it.

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