as you shove your calloused fingers deep into the folds of your pants,
hiding in safety from the chance of touching my side.
We walk straight to where the road bends to the right.
Only your teeth brim the velvet darkness from a moonlit sky.
We feel him for a moment before he scampers off to the left.
letting the syllables take shape in my brain.
Underneath this ebony sky another day is going by like every other day we’ve lived –