you turned away from me,
& i told you from the start:
i'm a runner.

something caught your eye
and you forgot that i was
there, by your side.

slowly, slowly i untangled out
fingers. slowly, slowly, i walked away.
(slowly, slowly, because i wanted you to realize;
& you should have known
i just wanted you to chase me.)

and now you're turning back
to where you expect me to be
standing, waiting ever-so-patiently.

but now, i'm already long gone.