#10

Go ahead
Gesture a touch

Unruffled, withered, stifled
It may withdraw
Question the intrusion
Brave the surprise

Gesture a touch, and

It will be grateful
then revolt the warmth
It will dream
then slit the illusion

It will poison itself with hope
then draw out painful words
scribbled around shards of a cigarette,
it will hold it out to strangers
and amuse itself as they wince

and never expect.

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