I Wonder What You Tell Strangers About Me

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Do you tell them shes the one?
Do you tell them about when you knew?
Do you tell them how this could be it?
Do you tell them that youre falling in love?

Or do you tell them that shes only a friend?
Just another daughter youre talking to.
Its nothing serious.
Its only another story in your book.

Or do you stay up late writing my narrative?
Guessing about the details of every interaction,
dissecting every word and every sentence.
Making a masterpiece inspired by our time together.

Or do you skip that chapter?
Its not that one you care about.
Its not the one you want to read.
Its not the in your story.

I wonder if you tell them youre not sure,
that you still need more time.
You dont know if its worth the initiative,
you think you could find someone better.

Or do you tell them how you cant stop
thinking about me?
That you wont be allowed to forgive yourself
if you ever let me go.

I wonder what you tell strangers about me
because youre not telling me much
and Im not telling you much either

I tell them about what you do to my heart.
I tell them about the moment I knew.
I tell them how much I miss you.

Rania Naim is a poet and writer of the new book, available here.

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