Stephen Daniels

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division lesson

during our maths class
i wrote on the back of your hand

‘i want you to stay’
a scratched blue mark

that you felt the need to rub away
between english and french the following day

i saw you
indecisive

in the corridor
your hand was red

from where you had spent the morning
removing my sentiment

it was then i realised your intentions
i pleaded with a furrowed brow

made clear this was not about our differences
you simply shrugged off my desires

now we can’t share friends
over half are now yours

the rest are mine