by Harshita Das aged 13

When you meet someone’s eyes; And fail to look away
Do you wave your arms in a pleasant (but awkward) hello?
Or do you turn around and get on with your day
And think all night about that stranger you barely know?

Do you give them a suave, crooked smile?
Or will an overconfident smirk suffice?
Or maybe I shouldn’t walk the extra mile
Shouldn’t think about it twice

But perhaps if I’m awkward and shy
It’ll be easier, to talk to me
Or maybe I should give an easy-going grin a try
“Hello”, says he

He greeted! He greeted! He greeted!
He made that first, treacherous move!
In the minefield
Now I can just follow his lead!
Okay, what now?!?

The Poetry Zone

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