lived next door

she was a nice girl

came from a good family

& best of all

lived next door

I’d see her most days

going about her stuff

say hi hello the usual

she liked talking to me

she said I was unusual

without ever quite exploring the why

there was a late-night party

live next door

& I watched her

parse the room deciding

who was marriage material

who was not

& realised whoever was

I wasn’t

but more

I lived next door to that

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