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Sitting across the table from you, a lifetime away,
Your smile, turned halfway,
Your thoughts, about whether I do,
I want to hear your voice, but don’t want to speak,
Your abashed heart, searching me for thoughts,

We ask, where is your heart,

Jaded, you wonder why I look away,
You remember my words spoken freely,
Scared of my selective words now,
Our scents masked by food,
Collective solace broken by order,

Lost, what happened to the fire in our hearts,

Appetite spoiled by the silence in our words,
Quiet pleasantries that mean nothing,
The question of what and why,
Your lips pursed now,
My question grows now,

Confused, what was in our hearts,

My thoughts your main question,
Your focus, to know my truth,
Looking for my heart, through my closed eyes,
All I do is finally break a smile,
With all the evidence that you need,

Glimpses, of something in our hearts,

Reaching for wine, I purposely caress your hand,
Your face displays what I was looking for,
My heart warms, with yours,
Killing time before we tell the truth,
Some things take time,

I will possess your heart

To our left, a couple nestled together sharing dessert,
To our right, a proposal that strikes your heart,
In the center, us fighting our fears,
My eyes open, and you blush like a young girl,
Our innocence evidenced, and I remember why I love,

Apparent, We see our hearts,

Kiss to your delicate hand,
Extending to your open palm,
Nearing your smile,
Securely delivering a kiss,

We…know our hearts

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.