A Challenge

My friend says,
“He’s manipulative!”
and I nod, grinning
because I immediately think
at least he’s clever enough
to be such a thing-
he is so much more interesting
than the guys I’ve been dating

I lean forward and admit,
“I really like him.”
and she laughs,burying her head
in her hands and says,
“See, this is how it happens;
smart girls like you
just love a challenge.”

I boast, “You have to admit,
he’s a real live wire.”
and she corrects me, saying,
“Yeah, well, he’s certainly

“Yeah,” I smile, “he really is.”
and she flags down the waiter
for two more drinks.

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