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Delayed Reaction

I slide my arm
against yours
as you shift gears
An invitation
for consideration
To see how it
might feel after
all this time
Air touching
Always missing the 
moment of respectability 
A reckless gesture
jeopardizing people
outside the car perimeter
Endangering my dignity
Diminished by your
immediate arm exit
Life-preserver seige
of the steering wheel
Automobile turned Titanic
when my query is quelled
Relief flooded rejection
Fear of success stronger
than fear of failure
Until you call
a month later
Now I'm the one

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