Outside

He touches her arm-

he has the right.

She edges closer

her eyes are bright

and I am outside

in the dark.

 

They toss a few crumbs

so I feel included.

They feel benevolent-

they are deluded

for I am outside

in the cold.

 

They think that I

should share their joys.

Their kind concern

merely annoys

when I am outside

with the empties.

 

Two lovers set out

on a primrose-strewn road.

Excess baggage

they first unload

so I am outside

and the gate

is closed.

First published in Reach

 

 

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