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  • Gary Hunter

Handshake without Hands - Feb. 28, 2023

was it your mouth curl

and glistening eye


that dust free dimple

with the nose crimp


the way your voice

tickled the rims of my ears?

friendships seem to sprout from

the strangest places and the best

are harvested before they ripen

you know the ones where

a friendly handshake is gripped

before hands ever touch

or a smile forms inside

when the lips have yet

to curl

or the eyes jiggle with laughter

before the stomach has pushed

its first guttural puff of silliness

over a curled tongue through teeth

and out an unsuspecting mouth


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