a word in the ear

we rode in the same elevator
just the two of us
the whole elevator smelled of you
staring stonily ahead

no word exchanged
the elevator was so silent
so silent you could here a pin drop
your heart beating so loudly
loudly that you wondered
if I could hear it from where you stood

when i stepped out
out of the elevator
you were relieved but angry
angry that i never acknowledged your presence
relieved because what would you
you have done if I had acknowledged you.

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