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an incident on the stairs

i might say you have a kissable mouth
but kissable mouths are as commonplace
as the unending stream of gaudy kisses they receive
and what do my virgin lips know of kissability anyway?
so i should choose something more dear and less common
unexpected on the stairway (although i had been waiting
all afternoon in class as you passed papers to me --
i who have been somewhere between in like and in love with you
since finding your feet by chance beneath that table long ago)
you glanced back -- surely you saw me
yet you left your fingers on the railing a moment longer
and i stepped forward to the inevitable accident
it was better that way somehow i think
for a moment on this day of cold rain i knew
you have warm hands

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