we were walking in the five-foot way
you slowed your steps and
put your arm around my shoulder
nothing tentative
sure like a player
holding me close
the kiss was sweet
like the cider we just had
you pulled me closer
I melt into you
old hurts forgotten
enveloped in your embrace
and as you devoured me
I knew I was lost
heartbreak a distant memory
heartbreak a looming certainty
but still
for now
there’s you.