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Thanks for the words to start this piece sis.

KS – 7/21/11

I eyed you, secretly,
My mind focused on something more than your heart,
Your neck arched as you listened to the band,
Your chest easy as you breathed,
Your inhibitions down,
The band played,
Was this love, or are you just my infatuation,

Us crowded standing in the back,
A whiff of your scent wafted past me,
Making the cigarette and cigar smoke tolerable,
Tired, I deviously wrapped my arms around your neck,
As my breath warmly pressed against your neck,
You jerked forward,
Then softly nestled back…
Was this love, or are you just my infatuation,

Your lips pursed, your mouthed the words,
We seemed to move closer,
Take liberties,
Your hands entered mine,
My kiss found it’s home against your neck,
The immediate future was confirmed,
We just had to get there,
Was this love, or are you just my infatuation,

This wasn’t your plan,
Not mine tonight,
My time I offered,
Your acceptance was given,
Love or lust, or some combination of both,
Another time, appeared before us,
Sung by this jazz singer,
Understood by our shared thoughts,
Friends interrupted,
Was this love, or are you just my infatuation,

You are my addiction,
Echoes of your sounds,
Flashes of your face,
Your eyes closed,
My hands in your hair,
Your grasp on my back,
Laying silently,
Awake in this experience again,

We were ours,
Last night,
This morning,
My drug,
You slept, I left,
We’d explain later,
My friend,
Did I love you,
Did I lust you,
Did I enjoy you…yes
Did you,
Was this love, or are you just my infatuation


The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.