NEUTRALITY


I asked him for a cigarette 
but he said it wasn't okay. 
I thought of those things I gave up for him 
and he couldn't even lend a smoke. 

He said, "Mivazivazy Jaisikka." 
"Yeah, I'm kidding" was my reply. 
I made him laugh pretty hard 
although there was no joke. 

We sat there for awhile 
and I continued to write. 
Later my hand above his 
one hand black the other white. 

Perhaps that evening 
he realized his mistake. 
Wished he could do it over again 
take the chance he didn't take. 

But there's rules to be broken 
and there's ones to obey. 
It's clear where the lines are drawn 
when he says it's not okay.

 

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