Red Light

You’re not looking

but you want to.

Silence wavers like the words

swinging their feet

over the edges of our tongues,

waiting for the chance to jump

into the silence we’ve been

forced to fill.

You’re scared to get too close

and cut your fingers

on my jagged edges.

I’m scared to stray too far

and see you shrink

from the horizon.

For once, I’m struggling for syllables

as we pull up

to the red light.

You open your mouth to speak,

but the fluorescence tells you

exactly what I want to:

stop.

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