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Together they sat as time had passed,
Gazing upon each other across the table,
Her hands placed gently in her lap,
As of love, his heart was no longer able,

She sought to rekindle feelings past,
A hope lost and misguided,
That ship sail had long since been cast-
Away, separated from past love…unrequited,

He sipped his coffee, Black and strong,
Listening, faint but unaffected,
Hers, mixed with sugar and cream, chilled from sitting long,

New to love and loss, wants unmet.
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.