Photo by Anna Sastre.

novelty

I understand now
I think

I was a novelty
new
interested
but also interesting
fresh

For a while
you were excited
by discovery
a challenge
but one you knew
I was not the first
not the last
one of many

I was captivated
but not yet smitten
I was
enough stimulation
and distance
for you

But then
it became real
raw
I saw what was brewing
and I wanted to keep going
no one told me
you weren’t coming

You wanted it to stay
in this limbo
between nothing and something
just for you
not for me

You said you didn’t know why
it couldn’t stay
and I started to question it too
at first
but
of course nothing can stay
everything goes
deeper
or away

So away we go
the thing that never was

And you
are already
moving on
to the next novelty
new
fresh
fleeting

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