Just watching her
Is the least I can do
also the most

I am pretending to listen to her story
it includes the words 'class' and 'teacher'
so it is probably about school

Unclear, because I have not actually been paying attention.
Instead, counting the stray locks of auburn hair that almost
obscure her face

Unsure, because I was watching her fingertips
circling the rim of her coffee mug
a small brown oval traced by her porcelin skin

Watching her
I work hard not to hold my breath
or close my eyes

Until I do both

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