Sep 08
poem 0 comments challenge: Awkward
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two girls bond over a bookcase.

they stand and stare at it, not at each other, not saying anything.
silence rings in their ears, but both resist the urge of breaking it like the floorboards cannot.
the floorboards are not to be blamed, the weight-shifting of feet less so.
they are not looking at each other, but if they were, they'd see that the other girl is smiling at the absurdity of the situation.
the second girl caves to the pressure.
"So, we're supposed to talk to each other?"
she doesn't like how her voice sounds in front of this stranger.
the first girl nods mutely, refusing to give in.
older, outward people laugh and drink at a table.
the sounds travel up the stairs to the room with the bookcase.
"Let's go downstairs," no one suggests.
but they listen.