You once went to meet someone
out by the sea;
out of a three year relationship
and needing someone else to kiss .
Walked for two hours by the coastline
wondering when it would all click together;
with eventual lips, met
with the damnation of inevitability.
It was a cold and desperate move
with nothing of romance:
you did not roll with the waves,
the breeze did not caress your skins.
Yet, clumsy with anticipation.
you wanted more: she could take it
or leave it, with that cruel disdain
only the young know.
She left you at the station
with a thirty minute wait for the next train,
a discarded fag end
still burning, un-inhaled.
Part of you is still down at that track
looking for the vestibules of youth
along the dead leaves and empty time, lost
while waiting for the headlights home.