It opened with the confident hug I’d settled on,
And then she brandished her two tickets.
I couldn’t hear the silly man
In the donkey’s head,
So I chuckled when her box chuckled
And sat politely still.
In the interval she introduced me in passing
As she danced between faces.
I lingered, silent and hungry.
I worried my stomach would disturb her
From her rapture in the second half.
I swallowed two burps and held in a fart
For her sake.
Afterwards I brushed aside her clever questions, smiling,
But the parting hug was shorter
Than I’d hoped.
Her father picked her up to take her home
While I slunk around the corner
To the bus-stop.
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