Are You Looking for a Friend?
day one, i was led around, head down
raised for a sec, and you smiled,
hair hidden beneath a newspaper cap
shy, but determined, i shadowed you
and our shadows carried covert government missions
we’d go to harborview and stand humiliating jokes
but you were so kind, you knew what was right
in your car, you play cds, and
i confess love for disco
me too. me too.
broadcast came on,
and you were the only person to know.
Union picnics and karaoke and roller skating karaoke
i never forget, bush garden, and you sang
‘dancing in the dark.’
your kindness gave me strength.
i am glad you stayed
i am glad we are best friends
hey, do you wanna sing?
Andrea Paz (She/her)
Andrea is a social work student, karaoke singer, and lapsed prose writer.