The Show Tell Project

For Seymour's Fat Lady

Observation of a Man in a Diner

by fyarlgiles

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He walks into the diner, alone, but he looks around.

Blue flannel and jeans, stringy brown hair, all 1990’s.

He sits in a booth by himself

Pushes his silverware out of the way,

And covers his eyes with his finger tips for a time

— Perhaps as respite,

Perhaps meditative.

His right leg bounces, dirty jeans,

Dirty under the nails, dirty tennis shoes.

He has ordered a coffee and a mimosa, but I can’t help think he is too young.

He feels a little better once he gets his food.

His leg stops shaking.

He smiles at a girl passing by, who doesn’t notice him.

“Diner Observation #1” by Vanessa Cate

Artwork: The Undone by Charles Wilkins

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Art Mash: Liberating Loneliness

by meaghanmerrifield

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In the dark

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alone

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I dance

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Resist Energy: Lust

by fyarlgiles

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that touch of yours is as 

dangerous as

I’d expected.

— timid hands begging to be held,

stroked,

loved

in a lightless room where

no one

can hear our thoughts and

my weakness is concealed.

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And I know that when I do

press your gentle palm  against my own  for the first time

I will feel too much to think at all.

about infidelity-

about identity-

about selfishness–

and I will have to swallow

that dripping desire

that I try to

ignore

“Restraint” by Angie Hoover-Hillhouse

Artwork: Self-reflection by Jenn Mann & Flux by Sarah Cannon

Alone in Arms

by meaghanmerrifield

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ankles rest in wrists

below knocked about knees

limbs weave

in

around

in

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seeking sanctuary

alongside

lukewarm skin