We skated


on the surface of

extreme emotion

playing at passion

for the sake of

the other’s feelings

touching with

something like love

but mostly

only lust and a lark


we had some

honest affection for

one another

but that was

the farthest

the deepest

either of us

could manage

It was more like

tangy adoration

and we acted

it to the fullest

throwing ourselves

into the theater of it

winning accolades

from others

from each other

for our efforts

until that final


until that final


and each of us

left marked

so exhausted

and something

like disappointment

and regret

settled over us

in the dark

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