what was in that terse hello

a young boy wanting
to speak to you again
to wrap you in his arms
joyously lifting you up
or a puppy flouncing
at your feet delighted
in your return after
months and months away
instead I stumble upon myself
embarrassed by my longing
and fall into formality
to hide my heart’s desire
why can’t I tell you
your meaning to me

(November 5, 2013)

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