Loneliness

Loneliness kills
From the outside in
It hits the surface first
Then sinks through the break in the ice
Until it reaches the core
And nestles in for its stay
And when hands brush
In the aisle
Choosing ripe pears
And those backs of hands linger
And when bodies lean in
Holding the overhead steadies
When a bravery erupts
And a voice speaks up
Above a whisper
And contact is made
A thaw comes
So that hand might stay
And that body might lean in
And the answer might come
To that stranger crying out
For a finish to that conversation
Loneliness kills
Kindness saves

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