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oranges are sweet in the winter

my hand smells like oranges, I think. I am sitting in the library surrounded by many voices and people’s laughter, some distractions around but nothing is quite as distracting from my work than the thought of these oranges – it’s a sweet smell, reminds me of sticking a thumb in through the peel as you try to take it off with one hand like I once challenged you to do, and then holding that hand, fingers blurring together and apart.

Should I be surprised that this has continued for many weeks now?

But as always, you are gentle. With rejection, with love, with passion that flies under the radar until someone asks you about it and let it all go off. I wonder how much tension you are holding in your mind and body, how much of it goes unacknowledged, and how much of it you might want someone to ask you about.

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pools

“Here we are.”

I gasped for a bit of breath as I took my final stride up the hill. It wasn’t really one of exasperation, just unatheleticness (I remember the last time I ran a mile– it was freshman year gym and the only bad grade that tainted my line of As).

“Are you okay?”

We made eye contact for the first time in 30 minutes. My eyes had been set on the dirt that moved beneath my feet, or the dirt that I moved over, whichever it was. Now i faced pools of blue, against more of the same.

“You haven’t said anything this whole time.”

I didn’t move. My face made no adjustments. I stood and I drowned.

“Okay, then.”

We broke our shared gaze. I jumped out of the pools and found myself gasping for air again.

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