poetry

Meeting a Stranger

Hold her delicately in both hands,

Remembering the fragility of the person you’re grasping.

Slowly begin a first attempt at peeling back the outer shell.

Quickly be reminded of the tough outer barrier as she refuses to escape her peel.

As the peel loosens its grip,

Remove it in small, haphazard shards.

Slowly remove one slice from the whole.

Chew slowly and deliberately.

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