do you remember how it used to be?
when we were still innocent,
so much younger?
do you remember the first time you saw me?
i was wearing my cousin’s old tank top and a pair of shorts.
i remember the first time i saw you.
actually, maybe not the first time,
but i do remember the first time
I really saw you.
that stubborn piece of hair that never stayed in place.
your hands worn and callused,
but like home to the touch.
your smirk that can still melt me.
i remember that night,
surrounded by friends,
when i knew i wanted you.
but, now it’s too late,
you aren’t the same boy with the messy hair and soft smile.
our hands are like strangers,
i’m not even sure i know how yours feel anymore.
the lines i used to trace,
delicately, so as not to cause any slight ripple in their perfect surfaces.
but unlike the strangers we were when we met.
now, the uneasy feeling is from lack of contact,
not the absence of it altogether.
i don’t know the new you,
you don’t know the new me.
maybe one day,
i’ll once again trace the lines in your hands,
feeling their gorgeous warmth on the pads of my fingertips.
maybe you’ll remember the little things i do,
so unaware that i do them,
and you’ll tell me about it,
like it’s a well-known fact.
what i’m really trying to say is,
when can we not be strangers,
when can we be the new girl and the boy with the floppy hair
that knew each other like the backs of their well-traveled hands?