not for politeness

I turned away

two lovers saying goodbye

at the train station

he was holding her

arms all around strong tight

& she was happy to be held

but had to go away

as the tears came

& I had to turn away

not for politeness

innate cowardice at powerful feelings

but from recognition

how I held you in my time then

you were that woman

I was that man

& I never saw you again

I had to turn away

this was their moment

not mine

any emotion here

apart from theirs

was unwanted

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