he said "you've got nice eyes"
i told him he was the only one to say that
"everyone else says their too big"
but he said "no, it's a good thing"
and i didn't know
whether i was supposed to return the compliment
or just let the moment go
like a bird on its way to somewhere warm
and is it selfish to trap that kind of beauty?
i said "i've style"
he said "i like the way you said that"
and i asked how i said it
"it's just an unusual place for a contraction"
and i had no response to that
because it was an unusual place for a compliment
and besides, i didn't really know if it was meant to flatter
or if it was just an observation
he said "it's too bad i can never talk to you again"
i laughed and answered sarcastically
"yeah, it's really a shame"
and he said "you seemed cool"
i knew it was all meant jokingly
but later it seemed too much like an omen
and not a joke at all
i said "i'm cold"
and he gave me his jacket
he asked "how did it work for you"
i said it worked fine
but i meant to say wonderful
i held my tongue
because too many compliments
is really just awkward, and not complimentary at all
he said "walking in circles?"
i said yes, and i laughed
because we've been walking in circles
for two months now
because i don't really think it's selfishness
to hold onto beauty
and that wasn't meant as a compliment
it was just an observation