Vacation Over

since I was prescribed medication which made me stop dreaming

i never thought id see him again and when i did

we were both on vacation. he was with his wife and child

i was with my boyfriend. He drifted so close that i recognized him

by the scent of  dial soap and Marlboros — when i turned my head

I could’ve measured his beard

I almost slipped past until he held me with his eyes

and asked “Aren’t you glad to see me again?”

my hands fumbled until they found a railing behind me

so i could hide my knees buckling. I stared back thinking

every man I’ve dated up until recently has looked like him

finally, i said “Excuse me,” and I sidestepped


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