I saw it in his eyes.
He was finished.
Had reached the end of his rope.
Do I dare ask,
“Why can I not accept you as you are?”
We were in a narrow entrance to a bar, caught between two doors.
In the back alley—in the alcove—hidden from the public eye by the dumpster, I find it.
I am afraid you are going to do it.
And you are afraid of doing it.
It was like looking at a drawing in progress, a child’s drawing, from very close up. I was bent over it, watching the lines take shape.