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The Best Kisses


by Gary Percesepe


So I told her

think of it this way:

you're my unlived life.

 

Um, she said

flatly, without inflection.

Her nose twitched.

 

I don't know what

that means,

she finally said.

 

I don't either,

I lied.

But it's like

 

when I think of you

I'm reminded

of how you made me

 

feel when we were

together, those short

five months

 

or was it six?

Possibly only four.

It depends on

 

whether you count

those kisses that came

after the breakup.

 

Why do the best kisses

come at the end?

I wanted to know.

 

Because by then

you're past caring

what anyone thinks

 

she said in my

unlived life, years

after the breakup.

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