After much deliberation,
a hand makes a calculated move
towards another hand.
Only to find, that
in this instance,
thought has been quite unnecessary.
There was nothing
casual about the palm faced outward,
resting on the seat a few inches
away from the thinking hand.
As if something light and beautiful
was placed in the centre.
Two rose petals, or a feather.
What the thinking hand
liked in hindsight was that
this gesture was not one of
obvious interest, but patience.
Playing it cool,
yet saying it openly,
Displace the petals,
that only you and I can see.
Then the patient-cool hand clasped
the sweet, considerate hand, sweaty
from ‘Should I?’ ‘Should I Not’ thoughts,
congratulated the tentative grasp.
Aarthi Gunnupuri has been an advertising copywriter and freelance lifestyle journalist in India. Her work has appeared in Indian/Asian editions of Vogue, Marie Claire, and CNN online, among others. She currently works with an animal protection group and is a graduate student at the London School of Economics.