When I noticed that our hands were                                                                                                                                                                                               side by side                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I waited to see if she would notice 

first the back of her hand against mine 
then slowly, without looking at me

as we walked 
she traced her fingers until 
they interlaced with mine 

as natural as her steps on the sidewalk 
as if they belonged there 
                                                                                       as though they were meant to be 




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