made it clear

oh lord that girl could sing summertime

she fell in step next to me

made it clear

I was of interest to her

so much so

I felt my cowardice rise

having put no effort in

no bait line in water fancy lure

& sure

I’m a good looking

interesting cosmopolitan fella

all around modest man

but something here

did not feel right kosher pure

which made my belly yella

I made polite noises

turned away places to go

people to see

than you for your kindness

but not for me

to later wonder

was I wise in following gut instinct

had I missed a chance at excitement

or was I just a yellow striper down my back

lost foul waster who failed to accept a cure?