Denial

Arynne S. Fannin

I don’t imagine kissing you.

I also don’t imagine
your arms tightening around my waist
pressing me closer to
the certainty of your chest.

And who needs the distraction
of the smell of your soap,
the salt taste of your skin?

It would be foolish to waste my time considering
the texture of your hair, so I don’t
imagine that, either.

And you would probably be surprised
at the amount of time I devote
to thinking about things that are not your smile.

 

Arynne S. Fannin is a graduate of Tulane University and has lived in New Orleans for 14 years. She enjoys tea, musicals, and Trivial Pursuit. When she grows up, she would like to be a busybody old lady who solves mysteries. This is her first publication.