Cardigan

On the sofa in jeans and cardigan

loosely buttoned over purple shirt,

low-cut canvas sneakers, navy Converse;

slender, blue-eyed, not a model but handsome.

 

With a friend, having a casual chat

at the coffeehouse on a sunny Saturday,

legs crossed, long-fingered hands; punctuating

his narrative with a quiet laugh.

 

Can’t hear the secrets he has to tell,

but when he smiles, I smile as well.

 

Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper

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Missed Opportunity?

Sitting in front of me at the recital,

smart casual in grey trousers and black shoes,

Christmas sweater, but the print is subtle,

not cartoonish, and the red’s a hue

that compliments his skin, smooth and pale,

with dark brown hair well-cut, neither too

short not long, parted left and gelled;

sings along, I guess he’s had some training,

I reckon that he’s probably a second tenor.

His eyes attract me, though I of course refrain

from the temptation to ask him out for…dinner.

I’m sure of me he’s totally oblivious;

he’s with a group of friends, not alone.

If he has a boyfriend, I am envious,

but I’ll not talk to him, just head home.

 

Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper