I love how the author captured the sense of longing. Wishing to be desired like this..

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Something in her simple ukulele finger brush
and his tiny moans from the piano
makes me wish for love,
and perhaps the mystery
of my body’s capabilities would come to light
from this duet

Something in her high pitched sway
coupled by his studied vocal change
to please her in their harmony
makes me miss intimacy

I’m embarrassed to say I imagine that
he’d look to me as if to say:
“How did we make something so perfect?”

I become how I used to be lovely
in a crawl toward freedom,
for better and for worse

My sabbatical from life has made
me dream out loud

The possibility that I could be loved,
almost too beautiful for me to bear.


About the Author

Amanda Besserer

I wrote ” I Blush for Ezra” after listening to Moon Song by Karen O and Ezra Koenig for the first time. The duet…

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