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Two Women

Their intimacy is gloved, moments dovetail in a tea-room. I color-in implied gestures, listen to the ambience of undertones. They enter a confessional space lips linger over shared visions, oracles only they can read. Lipstick on China cups, the twirled edge of a napkin, the unclasped mouth of a purse; pieces arranged on a white tablecloth of magnetic intimations. They are both attractive yet in different ways, together they impart a comforting confidentiality; bring to this small space a delicate allurement. I sense a wry tilt into humor, a deeper conversation surfaces as they settle the bill. Leaving the warmth of the tea house they kiss but only lightly upon cheeks, no flamboyance, yet the inferred diffidence is far more telling. One of them seems to carry the other's onus of care sheltering her body from the cold. I have a brief impulse to follow, to stay awhile in their mutual life raft. These observations I record here, are moments to be contemplated only later with closed eyes.

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Date: 11/20/2022 8:18:00 PM
The scene enacted beautifully recreated right down to each nuance. A delightful read, Eric! I particularly liked the expressions ‘mutual life raft’ and ‘One of them seems to carry the other's onus of care’
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Eric Ashford
Date: 11/21/2022 7:40:00 AM
Thank you Unseeking Seeker, I have edited this recently and will edit the post. Trying to take my voice out of it a little. Best EA.