“The Couple Almost” by John Grey

She camouflaged herself

at a darkened far table,

idled away time

by tapping a spoon

against her drink glass;


on the opposite side of the hall,

similarly nervous and alone,

I tapped on my glass;


if the music had stopped,

if everyone in the room

had suddenly fallen silent,

we would have heard each other;


had the dancers

frozen mid-step,

we’d have maybe left our tables,

met somewhere mid-floor;


but she tapped and I tapped

and the fun and laughter

grew even noisier than before;


that’s how close we came

to getting together;


don’t go trying to comparing it to

horseshoes and hand-grenades –

I did but failed.


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Schuylkill Valley Journal, Cape Rock and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Poem and Spoon River Poetry Review.  

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